The urgent need for investment in pre-primary education

I don’t know what is needed to convince governments of the urgent need for increased investment in children 0-8. The evidence is overwhelming.

World Education Blog

By Pauline Rose and Ben Hewitt

3A child’s most important steps happen before they set foot in a primary school. Early childhood, from birth to age five, is the most critical developmental stage in a person’s life. By their fifth birthday, a child’s brain will already be 90% developed. If children are going to reach their full physical, social, and cognitive potential in school and in life, they must be provided with quality nurturing care in their very years. Early childhood interventions should support four key developmental domains — physical, cognitive, linguistic and socio-emotional development. However, while progress is being made in some areas, children’s early education is too often neglected, putting millions of children at a disadvantage even before they enter school.

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Making the most of World Refugee Day

It’s World Refugee Day, a vital moment for raising awareness of the challenges refugees face every day around the world. Refugees have existed since notions of empire and state took root: people who have been forcibly displaced from their home, lacking rights, living under the fragile protection of a foreign ruler or government. The global […]

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I don’t think we need to take refugees as such a special case -many of our schools lack the inclusivity to welcome many of its potential clients.

We need to rebuild education from the base -attitudes need to change, whether they are towards, girls, children with disabilities, those starting without the national language, refugees etc.

Many children feel excluded whether they are in or out of school. Refugees have multiple barriers to their learning but we should use all of our experience of uses of technology,community learning spaces and accelerated learning to support all excluded children many of which may well be refugees.