EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
The early years of a child’s life lay the foundation for their socio-emotional development.
More often than not, early childhood years will determine whether a child will be successful in school,
gain decent employment and income, as well as influence the lives of future generations.
Investing in early childhood development benefits whole societies.
Yet, African countries are lagging far behind other regions in early childhood development.
Children enrolled in pre-primary education programs are more likely to come from affluent households,
although children in low-income communities in Africa would gain the most from such programs.
The goal of preprimary schools should be to prepare children for success in primary school.
However, the quality of early education programs tend to vary significantly from country to country.
If early education programs exist in a country, studies found that teachers are often untrained
and schools lack the necessary resources and effective curricula for early childhood development.