Achieving the 2030 Education Goal by focusing on early learning

World Education Blog

by Michelle Neuman, Program Director, Results for Development Institute. This blog is part of a series of last minute reflections before the new education agenda is set in stone. 

CaptureA quarter of a century after global education leaders met in Jomtien, Thailand, and boldly announced that “Learning begins at birth”, it is reassuring to see that early learning now features more prominently on the global development agenda:

Target 4.2: “By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.”

The inclusion of this target is an important accomplishment, and reflects the widespread evidence from low- and high-resource contexts alike of the importance of nurturing children’s development, care and education well before they begin formal schooling. This week, the UN will formally adopt the entire Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) framework under the themes of:

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