When all children have access to early childhood education, it creates a ripple effect of opportunity that influences generations to come. Education is a key condition for communities to experience growth and stability.
According to the World Bank, more than 150 million children under the age of five in developing countries do not have access to early childhood education. Investing in the early years of a child’s life is one of the smartest things a country can do to eliminate poverty, increase shared prosperity, and stimulate economies to diversify and grow.
Early childhood experiences have a profound impact on brain development—affecting learning, health, behavior and ultimately, income. Children who receive early learning in their formative, pre-primary years gain social and emotional competence, and improved health generally. They also have higher school completion rates and higher incomes, and females are more likely to participate in the labour force. Globally, children who receive this type of education are more likely to send their own children to school, empowering them to create a generation of change and interrupting cycles of poverty.
Going to school teaches students socialization, communication and community building skills which they carry into their families and their futures. Girls who go to school are less likely to marry early or against their will. Education empowers women to make life choices and strengthens girls’ beliefs in their ability to achieve goals.
Early childhood education paves the pathway to a brighter future:
Children who receive an early start at their education benefit developmentally in every way possible. It is one of the most powerful ways we can help break cycles of poverty in developing countries.