UNICEF praises Thailand for promoting early childhood education
- Apr 16, 2019
Thailand has been highly praised by the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) for its success in promoting early childhood education programmes. In a recent report, it has been stated that more than 175 million children of pre-primary age are not enrolled globally, especially in low-income countries, with only one in five young children enrolled in pre-primary education.
The report which is titled "A world ready to learn" stated that learning and children's future earning ability will be improved by prioritising quality early childhood education and early childhood development (ECD). The report also revealed 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. At the same time they would be less likely to repeat grades or drop out of school. That means they are more able to contribute to peaceful and prosperous societies and economies when they reach adulthood.
In Thailand, the report noted notable progress with 85% of children aged 3-5 years attending pre-primary education or early childhood education programmes. In addition, equity has been achieved among the different wealth groups. In 2005, 55% of the poorest children attended an early childhood education programme, compared to 78% of the richest children. By 2016, 86% of children from the poorest households were attending early childhood education programmes.
The report also stated that Thailand's remarkable success was the result of strong political will and attention to equity. Thomas Davin, Unicef Representative for Thailand stated that Thailand should be proud of the achievement it has made in the past decade in ensuring that its young children have access to early childhood development and pre-primary education services. Commitment, adequate allocation of resources and special focus on children from poor families has clearly yielded results in Thailand, as seen in the data.
The news was previously published in bangkokpost.com
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