EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES ARE SHAPED LONG BEFORE CHILDREN ENTER PRIMARY SCHOOL. IN AFRICA THERE IS A CALL TO MAKE EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO MORE CHILDREN AND FOR PROACTIVE MONITORING AND ADVOCACY FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD POLICIES AND BUDGETS ACROSS AFRICAN STATES.
Ghana. May2012 - The Africa Network Campaign on Education For All (ANCEFA) has called on Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on the continent to take active part in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) policy development processes.
It said they should proactively monitor and advocate for the successful implementation of ECCE policies and budgets.
The network also said that in order to expand access and make ECCE opportunities available to more children in Africa, members States of the African Union with the leadership and co-ordination of the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) including SADC, ECOWAS, ECAS and COMESA should invest more resources and come up with concrete actions.
A statement issued by the ANCEFA said it was important for the AUC and partners to finalise the ECCE matrix of activities and indicators and incorporate them in the Second Education Decade plan of action.
That, it said, was to provide clear guidelines on what RECs and member states and continental partners should be prioritising in that area.
ANCEFA is a 35-member pan African regional education campaign network involved in monitoring and advocacy for the right to education. In reflecting on this year’s GAW theme, ANCEFA drew attention to governments, civil society, donors, partners and especially Ministers of Education attending COMEDAF V on pertinent issues and recommendations with regard to ECCE in Africa.
The 2011 UNESCO Global Monitoring report notes that “Education opportunities are shaped long before children enter classrooms”.
The linguistic, cognitive and social skills they develop in early childhood are the real foundations for lifelong learning”.
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