GPE partner countries strive to give the youngest children the best chance

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Gross enrollment ratio in pre-primary education in 65 GPE partner developing countries

Significant progress has been made in enrolling children in pre-primary education in GPE partner developing countries between 2002 and 2014.

Early childhood care and education (ECCE) is among the most cost-effective investments a country can make. ECCE programs mean that children are better prepared for school and that they will reach better education outcomes.

Investing in pre-primary education is a priority for GPE and essential to achieve GPE’s goals of improving learning and equity and enhancing the efficiency of education systems.

But despite this progress much remains to be done. Worldwide, there are still more than 150 million children ages 3 to 5 who do not have access to pre-primary education, including more than 80% of children in low-income countries.

GPE 2020 commits to improving both the quality and supply of ECCE, with a special focus on the hardest to reach and most vulnerable children.

Visit the ECCE webpage to learn more.


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