Early Childhood Development Virtual University
The Early Childhood Development Virtual University (ECDVU) represents an innovative approach to addressing the leadership and capacity building requirements of countries seeking to enhance their social and economic development through addressing the human development needs of their youngest citizens and the families and communities which nurture them.
The Early Childhood Development University (ECDVU) is an innovative and multi-faceted approach to addressing Early Childhood Development (ECD) leadership needs in the Majority World. It is a unique training and capacity building program using distributed learning methods including the Internet, CD-ROM and video-conferencing as well as face-to-face seminars. The ECDVU is a program of the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria and has been delivered as a one year (professional development) and a three year (Master's degree) programs.
Typically, ECDVU participants are nominated by ECD country committees; these committees' nominations are based on achieving inter-sectoral, multi-organizational representation and ensuring evidence of individual commitment to child well-being and broader social development within the country. Nominees accept responsibility for promoting ECD capacity within their country, their region and internationally.
The ECDVU has also played a key role, with other regional and international partners, in the development of a triennial series of African International ECD Conferences. The ECDVU is committed to promoting ECD in The Majority World through innovative education, networking, publishing and other means.