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Early childhood care and education (ECCE) is an indispensable foundation for effective learning. Thus, the quality of education and learning, as manifest in learning outcomes, cannot be achieved without resilient and sustainable ECCE. ECCE is also a formidable driver of equity of educational access and quality. Providing quality ECCE greatly improves children’s chances of success in education and learning, especially for the disadvantaged. Furthermore, by improving learning outcomes, ECCE contributes to the internal efficiency of education systems and also to associated resource efficiency.
Quality ECCE is a foundation for all aspects of human development, including health, nutrition, education and social balance. It is also a foundation for human resources development and for human capital accumulation required to support holistic, accelerated, inclusive and sustainable educational, social and economic development. In 2010, the first ever World Congress on ECCE held in Moscow reaffirmed the right of all children to ECCE, and underscored it as the basis for “building the wealth of nations”.
The quality and equity of ECCE remains a global challenge, and so is its responsiveness to achieving holistic early childhood development. Strengthening early childhood development is key to achieving at least seven of the SDG’s, on poverty, hunger, health (including child mortality), education, gender, water and sanitation, and inequality.
The presentations focus on catalyzing transformative change in the field of ECCE by providing specific tools required for the development and implementation of key enablers for the successful provision of quality holistic ECCE services such as frameworks for national policies, strategic plans, regulatory documents, laws, financing mechanisms, programmatic guidelines, monitoring and evaluation systems as well as institutional frameworks that are required to coordinate ECCE services in order to ensure coherence, sustainability, resilience, and comprehensive multisectoral and integrated national ECCE systems.
Reducing the early learning gap: A path towards resilient and sustainable early child care and education (ECCE) - Aglaia Zafeirakou, Senior Consultant - The World Bank
Developing and sustaining a resilient early childhood care and education system in Seychelles - Shirley Choppy, Institute of Early Childhood Development (IECD), Seychelles
Is preschool curriculum child’s play? Neurocognitive research suggests otherwise - Helen Abadzi, University of Texas at Arlington
Sustainability and Resilience of Holistic Approaches to Early Education - Christian Fabbi, UNESCO International Bureau of Education