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UNICEF Lauds SA’s Efforts To Roll Out Pre-primary Education

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The UN Children Fund’s (Unicef) first ever global report on pre-primary school education has lauded South Africa’s efforts in rolling out pre-primary education.

UNICEF lauds SA’s efforts to roll out pre-primary education

The report, titled “A World Ready to Learn: Prioritizing quality early childhood education”, reveals that children enrolled in at least one year of pre-primary education are more likely to develop the critical skills they need to succeed in school.

In addition, the report found that children with pre-primary education are less likely to repeat grades or drop out of school, and are therefore more able to contribute to peaceful and prosperous societies and economies when they reach adulthood.

While the report highlights a lack of investment in pre-primary education by the majority of governments worldwide, it commends South Africa’s enrolment rate in this regard.

“Pre-primary schooling is our children’s educational foundation – every stage of education that follows relies on its success.

“Yet, too many children around the world are denied this opportunity. This increases their risk of repeating grades or dropping out of school altogether and relegates them to the shadows of their more fortunate peers,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.

Noting that at least 175 million children – 50% of the world’s pre-primary-age population – are not enrolled in pre-primary programmes, the report urges governments to commit at least 10% of their national education budgets to scale them up.

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