Financing pre-primary education

Working on early childhood education in Vietnam and Tanzania recently (and Gyana and Azerbaijan before) I realise (i) how important early childhood education is to the future of any child who can access education and (ii) how desperately underfunded such an important building block of education is in many countries;  (iii) politicians really need educating about how neuroscience has revolutionised thinking about early years health, nutrition and education; and (iv) that children’s rights are severely violated by this lack of attention by both Ministries of Education and Ministries of Health, who rarely come together ‘in the best interests of the child.

Report: Bright and Early – How financing pre-primary education gives every child a fair start in life 

A severe lack of investment in early years education is putting millions of children at a disadvantage before they even start school, warns a reportfrom Theirworld. 85% of children in low-income countries do not have access to pre-primary education and more than 200 million children under the age of five are at risk of failing to reach their potential.

Authors Asma Zubairi and Professor Pauline Rose of the REAL Centre at the University of Cambridge describe these lifelong consequences:

“A child’s most important steps happen before they set foot in a primary school. By their fifth birthday, their brain will already be 90% developed and the foundations for success at school and in later life will be in place.”

Access the full report here


Curriculum Development -Training Tools

Having been involved recently in early childhood curriculum development in Tanzania,  I realise (i) many curriculum developers have not had training, particularly in developing countries and (ii) its importance is underestimated as it can constrain how a teacher teaches and how children learn.

Training Tools: Curriculum Development

The International Bureau of Education (IBE-UNESCO) has the pleasure of announcing the launch of the series Training Tools for Curriculum Development. This new series aims to provide technical assistance and strengthen leadership for education and curriculum reforms. The series consists of a variety of training materials including Resource Packs and Thematic Modules.

By providing comprehensive guidance on current and critical issues, the training tools are used to train and further develop existing capacities of national policy makers, curriculum specialists and developers, assessment experts, teacher educators, teachers, school leaders, supervisors and district level administrators.

Among other initiatives, the project developed a training tool, ‘A Resource Pack for Gender-Responsive STEM Education’. Its overarching aim is to share a broader understanding of the theory and practice of gender-responsive STEM education, in order to support its effective development at the policy, school, classroom and community levels.

The Training Tools for Curriculum Development are available in English, French, and Spanish.

Access the training tools here

Why we should increase peace-building capacities of teachers and youth — World Education Blog

By UNESCO-IICBA (International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa) The propaganda and money used to lure young people into violent extremist groups such as Al-Shabaab in East Africa, Boko Haram in Nigeria and M23 rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo, must be challenged with one of the humankind’s most powerful tools: Education. Yet, […]

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