Unlock big change and give an extra 1 million children the best start in life by increasing funding for kindergarten and pre-school education. 90% of a child's brain development starts in the first 5 years of life, yet early childhood education is desperately underfunded
The Global Partnership for Education (GPE), one of the global funds for education, is writing its new strategy. It has said that early childhood education will be a priority in the new strategy - but it’s time to turn rhetoric to turn into reality and make a clear financial commitment.
An increase in funding to 10% of GPE’s budget would help an extra million children into early years education giving them the best start in life.
90% of children’s brain development happens before age five. All of the best scientific evidence shows attending good quality nurseries, preschools and playgroups boosts children’s development and puts them on a better path for learning. But yet it remains one of the most underfunded parts of education.
Early years education has fallen off the international agenda, with few too little funding.
It’s time for governments, donors and international agencies to prioritize quality early childhood education – and we’re calling for at least 10% of education budgets to be dedicated to the youngest learners.
We want the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to strengthen the commitment to early childhood education in their new 2021-2025 strategy.
GPE has already made great strides and agreed at their last board meeting (December 2019) that early childhood education will be a priority in the new strategy.
But for the rhetoric to turn into reality, the board needs to be sure its funding backs up its priorities.
Who is the Global Partnership for Education and what do we want them to do?
GPE’s board members are meeting throughout the year to agree its next strategy (2021-2025). It has agreed that funding 1 year of quality early childhood education (ECE) should be a priority in the strategy - this is a great start. But now they need to go further and commit to the practical steps that will turn that commitment into reality - particularly ensuring that at least 10% of education budgets are dedicated to ECE.
Ahead of their last meeting in June 2020, 1000 Theirworld supporters from 60 countries took action to ask the board to ensure their new strategy prioritises increased funding for ECE. That campaigning is working, with 12 of the 20 GPE board members indicating their support.
But there is still a lot of work to do. The next board meeting will take place on the 2nd to 4th September and we need board members to clearly commit that the new strategy will encourage GPE partner countries to work towards allocating at least 10% of their domestic education budgets towards ECE.
About the Board and their positions.
In March 2020, Theirworld’s Global Youth Ambassadors wrote to every member of the GPE board to ask for their support for this campaign. We then followed up with a new letter in August 2020. You can see how board members responded and whether they will be supporting the 10% call to action.
Elyas Abdi Jillaow
Elia Béatrice Assoumacou
Awut Deng Acuil
Camilla Helgø Fossberg
Gifty Anyogbe Apanbil
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As board members prepare for the next meeting, will you add your voice to that of our youth ambassadors and remind them that early childhood education matters and must be prioritised?
Write to your board member and ask them to make sure early years education funding has clear financial backing in their next strategy.