This event will highlight the importance of inclusive early learning for marginalized children, particularly those with disabilities. Join us for lessons learned in policy, financing, and implementation, including tools and examples from a variety of contexts that include adaptations made during COVID. A panel discussion and interactive activities will allow participants to share experiences and identify ways that promising practices can be replicated in different resource settings.
As the education sector learns from the pandemic, it is clear that we cannot afford to leave another generation of children behind. The struggle of children with disabilities to realise their right to education continues. Removing barriers to access and thrive in education is an imperative that requires cross-sectoral collaboration and investment.
Inclusive Education and Early Childhood Community of Practice members Salzburg Global Seminar, Humanity & Inclusion, Amal Alliance, and GCE-US jointly organized a workshop on March 1, 2021, Zero Discrimination Day, that looked the teacher training and inclusive education. The interactive workshop featured speakers from the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, Carey Institute for Global Good, UNICEF, World Learning, and the Wellbeing Project.
43% of children under 5 years of age in low-income and middle-income countries are at risk of not reaching their full developmental potential. This is set to increase as a result of socio-economic, physical and mental health consequences related to the COVID-19 pandemic. On September 29, 2020, Investing in our Future: Nurturing Human Capital in a COVID Complex World at the 2020 IMF/World Bank Group Annual Meetings, Civil Society Policy Forum examined the impact of major disruptions in services for the nurturing care and development of all young children as a result of COVID-19, presented a new Cost of Inaction for Young Children tool, and identified pathways to increase investments for young children.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a global issue and has highlighed the ongoing racial discrimination against communities of color, specificically the Black community in the United States. Learn how racial discrimination in education negatively impacts students of color and what you can do to help. #BlackLivesMatter
Children can be powerful agents of change when given the chance to succeed. However, protracted crises and natural disasters have denied an estimated 50 million children their childhood and the opportunity to reach their full potential. Children’s vulnerabilities are amplified in emergency settings, where children are often exposed to repeated traumatic events. They are at a higher risk of being exploited, sexually abused, trafficked, and recruited into extremist groups. Adverse experiences during early childhood development can have repercussions on physical, cognitive, and emotional development, negatively impacting future well-being and functioning.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released the Improving Early Childhood Development: WHO Guideline, which provides evidence-informed recommendations on improving Early Childhood Development (ECD). The purpose of the guideline is to identify specific ECD interventions and practical approaches that will improve developmental outcomes for children. The guideline focuses on the needs of both caregivers and young children, and identifies that the foundation for lifelong health, productivity, and well being is built in the early years starting from pregnancy.