Launching Meeting of the Inter-Country Quality Node on Early Childhood Development

Date: 
9 Feb 2015
Location: 
Kigali
Rwanda

A regional platform to improve the provision of quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs in Africa was launched on Monday, February 9 in Kigali, Rwanda, during the Ministerial Conference of Sub-Saharan Africa Region Education Post-2015.

The Inter-Country Quality Node on Early Childhood Development (ICQN-ECD) is created at the instigation of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Higher Education and Scientific Research of Mauritius, which has taken the responsibility of its leadership.

The ICQN will bring together representatives of the education ministries of various countries, experts in education and ECD, and strategic partners. 

It will pursue and bring to new heights the work accomplished by the ADEA Working Group on ECD, which has been coordinated by UNESCO since 2007.

Today, nearly half of all children who die before the age of 5 and one third of all children who are malnourished are African.

African children also have the least educated mothers in the world: 30% of African women from 15 to 24 years of age and 50% of those over 25 are illiterate. The children of these mothers are fewer to attend school, and when they do, they perform less well than their peers.

In addition, Africa is the continent with the most primary-age children out of school. According to UNESCO’s 2012 global report on Education for All, half of all children out of school live in sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly one child in four (23%) of primary school age has never been to school or has dropped out without completing primary education.

For more information, please contact: 

Maya Soonarane, Director, Planning and International Relations, Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Mauritius, tel. +230/ 601524, e-mail: msoonarane@govmu.org