Education Think Piece #2: Pre-primary education

Quality and equitable access grounded in local knowledge: Bringing pre-primary education to scale


A great deal of evidence demonstrates the significant effects that quality pre-primary education can have on a child’s cognitive, social and emotional development, growth, school readiness and future economic potential.

However, only 42 per cent of children in sub-Saharan Africa participate in any organized pre-primary education before the typical enrolment age for grade one. Such education is often only available to wealthier children, and is not of consistent quality, nor does it incorporate the local knowledge of learning processes that pre-school children should be exposed to before commencement of formal schooling. 

Watch the presentation on the Pre-Primary Education Think Piece by Elizabeth Spier, Paul Oburu and Hirokazu Yoshikawa