Global Action Week 2012 – Early Childhood Matters

Global Action Week 2012 (22-28 April)

Global Action Week is a worldwide annual campaign organized by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) to raise awareness of the importance of Education for All. UNESCO actively supports the campaign by organizing activities in its Headquarters and Field Offices, mobilizing networks and encouraging Ministers of Education and all EFA partners to participate.UNESCO/Gary Masters
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Using the slogan “Rights from the Start! Early Childhood Care and EducationNow!”, Global Action Week 2012 is focusing on the first of the six Education for All (EFA) Goals:

“Expanding and improving comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children”.

Global Action Week 2012 allows UNESCO to follow up on commitments made at the World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) (27-29 September 2010, Moscow, Russian Federation) and mobilize stronger political support for the development of ECCE.

To mark Education for All Global Action Week, the Global Campaign for Education is launching a report today that considers early childhood care and education – the focus of the week – from the point of view of human rights.

The report, Rights from the start, argues that early childhood care and education is commonly misunderstood as merely a tool to increase human capital and economic development. This can overshadow the right every person has to care and education in their early years – a right that is currently denied to 200 million children. As we point out in the policy paper we released for Global Action Week, most children still do not go to pre-school, and the children who miss out are those who need it the most.

The report from the Global Campaign for Education calls on governments to commit to care and education for all young children, without discrimination, ensuring that teachers are trained and supported and that investment is increased. It also calls on donor governments to honour their commitments to support countries to achieve Education for All.

And from INEE:

To commemorate Global Action Week (22-28 April) podcast moderator Kathryn Herzog spoke with Jack P. Shonkoff, MD, Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, and Chloe O’Gara, Program Officer for the Hewlett Foundation’s Global Development and Population Program, about the importance of early childhood care and education and the issues around early learning.

To listen to this podcast, click here.


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