|© Amin/Drik/2009/UNICEF Bangladesh|
|Older and younger children are participating in a child-to-child session in Bangladesh.|
The ‘Getting Ready for School: A child‐to‐child approach’ is an innovative and cost‐effective approach to early education, especially for the marginalized children. The overall goal of this approach is to foster a rhythm of schooling by preparing preschool children and their families for on‐time school enrolment and success. Recognizing the lack of formal preschools and other early learning opportunities for most children in developing countries, this strategy – supplemental to other early learning opportunities – builds on the natural phenomenon of younger children learning from and interacting with older children.
Through child‐to‐child interactions, the younger child develops early learning competencies and is better prepared to start school at the right age; the older child also benefits, by developing confidence and selfesteem in the process.
UNICEF and the Child‐to‐Child Trust, Institute of Education (EOI) of the University of London, have collaborated on this pilot project since 2007. Six countries participated in the pilot: Bangladesh, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Tajikistan and Yemen.
In 2010, UNICEF completed an evaluation of the first year of this pilot project. Getting Ready for School: A child‐to‐child approach ‐ Programme Evaluation Year One presents an in‐depth analysis and results at the country level as well as general conclusions based on the findings from all participating countries.
Following this evaluation and its recommendations, the pilot countries are now at different stages of programme expansion. Plans are also being developed to pilot the integration of this initiative into the Child Friendly Schools approach.
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