Each year during its Global Action Week, the Global Campaign for Education and its members all around the world give profile to one of the core areas of the Education For All agenda and in 2012 this is early childhood care and education.
Every year, over 200 million children under the age of five in low- and middle-income countries will not attain their development potential due to poverty, nutritional deficiencies and inadequate care and learning opportunities. Most of these children live in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
Due to this poor start in life, if they get the chance to go to school, they are likely to underachieve. Subsequently, they will perpetuate the cycle of poverty, with low income jobs as adults, likely to have children themselves at a very early age, and provide poor health care, nutrition and stimulation to another generation.
Every child has the right to education, and these rights start from birth.
By ignoring the right to education, millions more children will be condemned to the same fate.
Why is it so important to campaign for ECCE?
- All children are rights bearers - they are entitled to the right to education, among other rights, and States are responsible for this delivery.
- It is one of the most neglected Education For All goals and, through continued neglect, it is unlikely that EFA will be achieved by 2015.
- Education empowers people, strengthens democracies and economies, enables people to protect themselves and their families from HIV and illness and to become the person they wish to become. Without a sound basis from the start, children have less chance of succeeding in school and are more likely to be in low-paid jobs as adults. This perpetuates the cycle of poverty. By campaigning for ECCE we can break this and work towards an end to aid dependency
What is ECCE?