UNICEF publish first ever global report on early childhood education

April 2019

UNICEF have published their first ever global report on early childhood education, entitled ‘A world ready to learn – prioritising quality early childhood education’. The full report can be read here.

The report says that more than 175 million children – around half of pre-primary-age children globally – are not enrolled in pre-primary education, and in low-income countries, only 1 in 5 young children are enrolled. Across 64 countries, the poorest children are seven times less likely than children from the wealthiest families to attend early childhood education programmes.

The report also emphasises the positive effects of early childhood education:

“Children in pre-primary education are more than twice as likely to be on track in early literacy and numeracy skills than children missing out on early learning. In Nepal, children attending early childhood education programmes were 17 times more likely to be on track in their early literacy and numeracy skills. In countries where more children attend pre-primary programmes, significantly more children complete primary school and attain minimum competencies in both reading and math by the time they finish primary school.”

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