Early Childhood Education
For every child, access to early childhood education
Although Türkiye has made great strides towards increasing the accessibility of its early childhood education services, it still has one of the lowest net enrolment rates for pre-primary education among OECD countries.
We are prioritizing accessible, inclusive and good quality education for the earliest learners, especially the most vulnerable. Our programming focuses on four key objectives.
- Expanding services
UNICEF works closely with the Ministry of National Education (MONE) to increase access to early childhood education services, focusing on the most vulnerable children. These services include formal opportunities in schools and non-formal opportunities in community playrooms or through home visits. UNICEF is working with MONE to construct good quality spaces to accommodate more children.
- Improving quality
We are working with MONE to revise the preschool education curriculum and to train teachers throughout Türkiye on the newly revised programme
- Transforming practices by engaging parents and communities
Working with MONE, we are engaging with families and communities to show them the importance of early childhood education using a range social behavioural change techniques.
- Increasing investment and improving policy and legislation
UNICEF is supporting MONE in improving policy and legislation and identifying areas for improvement.
We are also supporting changes to the law on implementing community and home-based early childhood education for children who live in disadvantaged and remote areas.