Commitments and progress in early childhood development ranked among the key global education issues of the past year, according to a recent blog written by Rebecca Winthrop of the Brookings Institution’s Center for Universal Education. In “A review of education in 2017,” Winthrop compiled what she described as “a selection of relevant research, reports and events that capture the flavor of some of the conversations this year.”
Winthrop cited the launch of the Early Childhood Development Action Network (EDCAN) as an important development in helping to coordinate and accelerate commitments and investment in quality early childhood development (ECD). She also mentioned a policy declaration in Latin America that will advance the ECD agenda and a Brookings report on research relating to the effects of pre-kindergarten education.
Another topic of interest to the Community of Practice was that, for the first time ever, the World Bank’s annual flagship report was devoted to education. World Development Report 2018: LEARNING to Realize Education’s Promise pointed out that despite gains in access to education, many children are not learning the skills they need to be successful in today’s complex world.
To see the full list of hot issues, read the full blog.