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Early childhood care and education is the forgotten link in the education chain

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The Roving Caregivers Programme is part of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in Jamaica and concentrates on reaching kids under the age of three from the most disadvantaged and rural areas. The programme is managed by the NGO RuFamSo.

EFA Global Monitoring Report 2007

Latin America and the Caribbean lead the developing world in early childhood care and education, according to the forthcoming 2007 Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report. However, it also finds that despite the well-documented benefits on all aspects of child development and well-being, early childhood care and education remains the forgotten link in the education chain in most other developing regions.

Early childhood care and education is the special theme of this year’s EFA Global Monitoring Report, which will be launched by the Director-General of UNESCO Koïchiro Matsuura and UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman at UNICEF House in New York on 26 October.

The Director of the Report, Nicholas Burnett, will present the Report’s findings and implications for policy-makers and the donor community. A panel discussion of education ministers, experts and practitioners of early childhood care and education will follow.

The Report, which is prepared annually by an independent team of experts and published by UNESCO, includes its regular assessment of where the world stands on its commitment to provide basic education to all children, youth and adults by 2015. It reveals a clear acceleration in the drive to EFA, with a significant fall in the numbers of children out-of-school and increasing numbers of girls attending school.

An annual education index shows which countries are making the most rapid progress, and those still lagging behind. The Report also provides an analysis of aid to education, looking at which countries provides how much and where.

In the lead up to the launch and through to the EFA High-Level Group meeting from 14-16 November 2006 in Cairo, Egypt, UNGEI will be featuring a series of stories and interviews from partner organizations, showcasing examples from the field and of partnerships for early childhood care and education in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and Education for All.


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