This blog is the first in a six-part series on the KIX discussion papers commissioned by the GPE Secretariat to inform the design and implementation of the GPE Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX). The blog also highlights relevant thematic outcomes in the 2019 Results Report.
The evidence is clear that investments in education are the most effective - and lead to the most equitable outcomes - when they focus on the early years.
We know that early childhood education is one of the best investments to prepare children for learning and enable them to thrive throughout their school life and beyond. Without access to good quality, equitable and inclusive early education, children risk being left behind, limiting their ability to learn and thrive in school and later in life.
Yet access remains low, particularly for the most disadvantaged children, and the need for strengthening countries’ knowledge and capacity to deliver quality early childhood care and education (ECCE) is urgent - an area that GPE’s KIX program will address in the coming months.
GPE tracks progress on pre-primary education
While the ECCE sub-sector has experienced rapid growth throughout the world, in developing countries access rates for disadvantaged and marginalized children remain far below those from higher economic groups. Indicator 6 of GPE’s results framework tracks progress on access to pre-primary education through the pre-primary gross enrollment ratio.