Africa's Future, Africa's Challenge: Early Childhood Care by Marito H. Garcia, Alan Pence, Judith Evans

By Marito H. Garcia, Alan Pence, Judith Evans

Early early life, from beginning via university access, used to be mostly invisible around the world as a coverage quandary for a lot of the 20 th century. young ones, within the eyes of so much international locations, have been appendages in their mom and dad or just embedded within the greater kin constitution. the kid didn't turn out to be a separate social entity till institution age (typically six or seven). Africa s destiny, Africa s problem: Early youth Care and improvement in Sub-Saharan Africa specializes in the one hundred thirty million youngsters south of the Sahel during this zero 6 age team. This booklet, the 1st of its variety, provides a balanced choice of articles written by way of African and non-African authors starting from box practitioners to academicians and from participants of presidency corporations to these of nongovernmental and native agencies. Africa s destiny, Africa s problem compiles the most recent facts and viewpoints at the kingdom of Sub-Saharan Africa s teenagers. subject matters coated comprise the reason for making an investment in youngsters, coverage developments in early early life improvement (ECD), old views of ECD in Sub-Saharan Africa together with indigenous techniques, new threats from HIV/AIDS, and the significance of fathers in kids s lives. The publication additionally addresses coverage improvement and ECD implementation concerns; provides the ECD programming adventure in numerous international locations, highlighting most sensible practices and hallenges; and evaluates the influence of ECD courses in a few nations.

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Children should be the core of priorities for policy makers” (Organization of African Unity 2001, paras. 6–7). The Human Rights Imperative: CRC, ACRWC, and CEDAW CRC, ACRWC, and CEDAW give the human rights, moral, and ethical rationale for the links between ECD and national development. ACRWC, which was adopted less than a year after the adoption of CRC and came into force in November 1999, shares the key human rights principles with CRC. However, ACRWC gives further direction on some ECD issues pertinent to Africa.

That position was endorsed by the heads of state and government of the Organization of African Unity (now African Union [AU]) in Lusaka in July 2001. The African Common Position became Africa’s input into the United Nations Special Session on Children held in May 2002. Children and young people constitute more than half of Africa’s population (African Union et al. 2003). Despite significant efforts over the Positioning ECD Nationally: Trends in Selected African Countries 31 past 10 years to ensure the rights of children, most children in SSA have a difficult start in life, due mainly to deepening poverty, national debt, inadequate policy support and services, political and civil conflict, and, in some cases, harmful cultural practices.

The relevant lessons learned from these valuable experiences will be discussed later. Further support for ECD resulted from Africa-wide meetings—held in Kampala (1999), Eritrea (2002), and Ghana (2005)—of African and international specialists, policy and decision makers, and funding agencies that have helped to galvanize interest in ECD in the continent, which led to more comprehensive policies and programs. Already, Angola, Eritrea, Ghana, Malawi, Mauritius, and Namibia have developed and adopted national ECD policies.

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