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Positioning Early Childhood Development as a Sustainable Development Goal Target: Challenges and Opportunities in the South Asian Context

  • Meenakshi DograEmail author
  • Venita Kaul
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Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 74)

Abstract

In this chapter, we focus on the meaning, scope and significance of ECD, as a target (4.2) for measuring progress on Goal 4 of the SDGs which commits to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. We reflect on the comprehensive nature of the ECD target as defined in the context of the SDGs and examine the challenges and potentialities for this target to be planned for, monitored and achieved with particular reference to countries in the South Asian region. We review the status of ECD in this context, possibly as a baseline subject to data availability across countries, while also arguing on the basis of research evidence that the ECD target needs to be seen as significant not only for education but for many of the other SDGs as well. We examine the kinds of institutional mechanisms and systems needed for assessing and monitoring the quality of the ECD target along the early childhood stage and identify related opportunities and challenges. We conclude with some suggestions for the way forward which include generating data base across diverse contexts, building collaborations and regional partnerships among different stakeholders, strengthening multi-sector coordination, planning policy oriented research and ensuring outcome based monitoring.

Keywords

Early childhood Early childhood development Sustainable development goals ECD in SDGs Target 4.2 Monitoring target 4.2 ECD challenges South Asian countries 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Early Childhood Education and Development (CECED)Ambedkar UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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