The tools in the first iteration of the toolkit focus primarily on the first two planning stages – education sector analysis and education sector plan development. Additional tools across the other stages of the cycle (implementation and budget execution, annual sector reviews, etc.) will be developed and added over time.
Conceived as a user-friendly and knowledge-sharing “living platform”, the content of the toolkit is available open-source for downloading, translation and contextualization. Key tools are being translated into French and Spanish, and will be made available this spring.
Furthermore, improvements, revisions and other demand-driven tools and resources will be added over time – this will happen gradually as the toolkit becomes widely used and lessons around its use emerge. In particular, the toolkit will be further tested and expanded in the context of the Knowledge and Innovation Exchange project (Scaling up BELDS).
We welcome and encourage government and development partners’ use of the toolkit and their contributions to this dynamic resource. We are eager to receive feedback on how the tools are being used, ideas for improvements or additions, as well as any other suggestions and comments for refining this toolkit.
Upcoming events and webinars
Please join us at a high-level launch event for the ECE Accelerator toolkit on February 16, 2021 at 9 am EST. Co-organized by GPE, UNICEF and ECDAN, the event will provide insights into what worked in the BELDS approach, share reflections from global actors on the importance of strong subsector planning for pre-primary education, and highlight how partners have contributed to and are utilizing the toolkit.
This will be followed by a series of practical webinars around specific sections, tools or topics of the ECE Accelerator Toolkit, with the view of creating a community of practice for learning exchanges. The first webinar is planned for 9.00 am EST on March 2, 2021.
We hope that many of you will use the ECE Accelerator Toolkit, participate in the webinars and become active members of the global community of practice. Our vision is to engage more countries and partners in the approach of strengthening ECE through sector planning processes, and learn from countries’ ongoing efforts and successes.
Together we can make universal access to quality pre-primary education a reality for all children!