Around the world, education is improving. Compared with a decade ago, 42 million more children are in school and millions more are completing both primary and secondary school. Tertiary education numbers are also up. This is a huge achievement, but these trends conceal the fact that hundreds of millions of children fall outside this rosy picture, denied the right to a quality, basic education.
This week key Early Childhood Care and Education partners, including UNICEF, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Global Partnership, are organizing a regional workshop in Zanzibar to discuss how to operationalize and bring to scale quality ECCE programs in Africa.
As we celebrate Universal Children’s Day and the 25th anniversary of the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we ask ourselves, “Is the world a better place for children than it was 25 years ago?” When it comes to education, it is fair to say, “Yes, for many children it is.”