early childhood education

World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education

The World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education will reaffirm the right of every young child to quality care and education from birth and urge Member States to renew and expand their commitment to and investment in ensuring that access of all girls and boys to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.

The period from birth to eight years old is one of remarkable brain development for children and represents a crucial window of opportunity for education. Globally, 75% of children were enrolled in pre-primary education one year before the official primary entry age in the school year prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but in sub-Saharan Africa and in Northern Africa and Western Asia the rate was about 50%.

The conference is hosted by the Republic of Uzbekistan and organized by UNESCO.


The World Conference has three main goals in the area of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE):

  • To develop ambitious, relevant, and culturally appropriate policies
  • To put in place effective and accountable systems, multi-stakeholder partnerships and services
  • To increase and improve investment in this area as an essential and integral part of countries’  strategies for attaining lifelong learning societies and sustainable development.

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