The key to investing in quality early childhood education is to tackle education poverty and develop human capital

Washington, May 17, 2022 – Since young children, and especially in low-income countries, are most affected by the effects of Covid-19 in education, there is a greater need for workable, evidence-based strategies than ever before. Evidence scale to ensure quality early childhood education here. A new book published today by the World Bank and the title in English Quality primary education: nurture the potential of children Creates a state of knowledge on elementary education and provides practical advice on the basic elements and principles of quality early childhood education.

The publication, which draws on the contributions of versatile multidisciplinary experts, compiles the knowledge available on cost-effective practices for enhancing primary education in low-income countries. And intermediate. Noting that young children have a lot of potential to learn in their early years, the report emphasizes the need for specific steps to cultivate and harness this potential. Access to quality education helps young children develop cognitive and socio-emotional skills, functional functions and motivational skills that enable them to succeed in school and in life. Investing in early childhood education lays the foundation on which to build human capital is essential for personal health and for a more just and prosperous society.

“Expanding access to early childhood education represents a unique opportunity for many countries to establish policies and measures that will provide quality and equitable early childhood education.” Highlights Jaime Savedra, Global Director of Education at the World Bank. It is easier and more effective to achieve this from the beginning, both in the first year of a child’s life and in the early stages of establishing an early childhood education system, than to intervene later to fill the gaps in primary education and remedies. Unemployment of the education system. A

Poor and low access to early childhood education services contribute to the global education crisis. In low- and middle-income countries, 53% of 10-year-olds are in “learning poverty”, meaning they are unable to read and understand short texts. The COVID-19 epidemic has exacerbated the education crisis, with learning poverty rates likely to exceed 70%. As countries strive to build better after the epidemic and even in the context of limited resources, investing in quality early childhood education should be an integral part of the national plan to turn education around and accelerate progress on the learning front.

The report focuses on three main aspects:

1. Efforts to ensure or improve the quality of these services must be accompanied by expanding access to early childhood education. To ensure that investments in early childhood education actually lead to better education, the expansion of access should not be faster than the time required to ensure a minimum level of quality.

2. We must prioritize investments that promote children’s learning progress Building existing human resource capacity, promoting age-appropriate pedagogy, and setting up learning spaces doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated to be effective for safe and attractive learning. .

3. The development of systems that must ensure quality primary education must be done slowly and deliberately. This requires careful planning and multiple investments, including the home environment and other factors that affect learning outside of school, especially for the most disadvantaged children.

“The work is urgent, Conclusion Mr. Savedra. If we want to equip students with the skills and confidence to be able to overcome the challenges ahead, we must develop the potential of every child by investing in quality early childhood education for all. Many children are already waiting for this opportunity. A

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Quality primary education: nurture the potential of children

www.worldbank.org/education

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