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.