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Early childhood education the forgotten link finds 2007 Education for All Global Monitoring Report

Latin America and the Caribbean lead the developing world in early childhood education, according to the forthcoming 2007 Education for All Global Monitoring Report. However, it also finds that despite its well-documented benefits on all aspects of child development and well-being, this area remains the forgotten link in the education chain in most other developing nations.

Early childhood care and education is the special theme of this year’s EFA Global Monitoring Report, which will be launched by the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, at UNICEF House in New York at 9.30 am on October 26.

The Director of the Report, Nicholas Burnett, and UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, Peter Smith, will present the Report’s findings and implications for policy-makers and the donor community. A panel discussion of education ministers, experts and practitioners of early childhood care and education will follow.

The Report also includes its regular assessment of where the world stands on its commitment to provide basic education to all children, youth and adults by 2015. It reveals a clear acceleration in the drive to EFA, with a significant fall in the numbers of children out-of-school and increasing numbers of girls attending school.

An annual education index shows which countries are making the most rapid progress, and those still lagging behind. The Report also provides a thorough analysis of aid to education, looking at who provides how much and where.

The Education for All Global Monitoring Report is prepared annually by an independent team of experts and published by UNESCO.

Advance copies of the Report – which is under strict embargo until October 26 – are available for the media.


In New York: Suzanne Bilello, tel: +1 212 963 4386, Bilello@un.org

In Paris: Sue Williams, tel: +33 (0)1 45 68 17 06 or +33 (0)6 15 92 93 62, s.williams@unesco.org

For photos, contact: Ariane Bailey, tel: +33 1 45 68 16 86, a.bailey@unesco.org

A B-roll will also be available. Contact Carole Darmouni, tel: +33 (0)1 45 68 17 38, c.darmouni@unesco.org

Source Media Advisory No.2006-53
Publication Date 10 Oct 2006
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