Clarifying the legal framework of ECCE rights: Key components and obligations - Expert workshop meeting report

The past two years (2021-2023) have been marked by important progress in the area of ECCE and reflection on the implications in terms of normative framework and related rights implementation. UNESCO brought together 40 key actors in ECCE for three high-level meetings resulting in the Global Partnership Strategy for Early Childhood (GPS) in 2022. This led to the Second World Conference on ECCE (WCECCE) in November 2022 in Uzbekistan.

New beginnings: The right to equality and early childhood care and education

While South Africa has seen important advances in the provision of early childhood care and education (ECCE), about 3.2 million children still lack access to any programme. Problems of access and quality are most pronounced in the poorest communities. Even before Covid-19 forced many providers to close, these programmes were overcrowded, with poor infrastructure, and an under-paid and under-qualified workforce. ECCE is crucial for a child’s development, meaning that these inequalities are amplified in school and later life.

The right to equality in early childhood care and education: a precondition for the right to education

This blog highlights the key discussions from a panel session on ‘Strengthening laws, policy, and governance for early childhood care and education: Towards an equal and inclusive education’, organised by the Right to Education Initiative at the CIES Conference in February 2023


30 March 2023

Inclusion, investment and strengthening legal framework: Key takeaways from the UNESCO World Conference and Declaration on ECCE

The second UNESCO World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education (WCECCE), held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from 14-16 November, was convened to mobilise countries and partners to reaffirm the right to ECCE and to urge Member States’ renewed commitment to and investment in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 4.2’

21 December 2022

Entrevista con Mercedes Mayol Lassalle, Presidenta Mundial de la OMEP

Purple background with image of a woman and text which reads: In conversation with Mercedes Mayol Lassalle, Presidenta Mundial de la Organización Mundial para la educación pre-escolar (OMEP). Logo of Right to Education
En esta primera edición de nuestra serie de videos 'En conversación con...' (In conversation with), hablamos con la Presidenta Mundial de la Organización Mundial para la Educación Preescolar (OMEP), Mercedes Mayol Lassalle, sobre la importancia de la primera infancia como etapa y el financiamiento de los derechos humanos, así como la historia de la OMEP y la nueva iniciativa de la organización - la década de la primera infancia.

RTE Statement on the report of the outgoing UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education on early childhood care and education

The final report of outgoing UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Ms Koumbou Boly Barry, addressing the right to early childhood care and education (ECCE), highlights the wide ranging ‘developmental, educational, social, cultural and economic benefits’ of ECCE to children, their families and wider society, a

الرعاية والتعليم في مرحلة الطفولة المبكرة :تقرير المقررة الخاصة المعنية بالحق في الاعليم كومبو بولي باري

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