Early Childhood Care and Education
UNESCO’s activities in ECCE focus on influencing policies and practices through evidence-based advocacy, knowledge generation and sharing, capacity-building and technical assistance. These include work in specific areas such as teachers, monitoring and integration. UNESCO collaborates with government officials and other key stakeholders concerned with the care and education of young children aged 0-8. As this age bracket covers children in various developmental stages, it is naturally difficult for countries to address all children within this group simultaneously and equally. Prioritization is necessary. In this regard, UNESCO’s ECCE programmes focus on holistic pre-primary education for children over the age of 3, emphasizing its linkages with primary education while ensuring the use of developmentally appropriate pedagogies. To address the needs of the under-threes, UNESCO promotes phasing and partnership as key strategies.
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