World Bank, UNICEF established alliance to promote Early Childhood Development programme

Posted on:19 Apr 2016 15:05:25
World Bank, UNICEF established alliance to promote Early Childhood Development programme
19 April 2016 Current Affairs: World Bank and UNICEF on 14 April 2016 announced establishment of new alliance that aims to make Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme a global policy.To give all young children access to quality services that improve their health, nutrition, learning ability and emotional well-being, the alliance calls for programming and public spending priority.On the occasion, the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake jointly urged global and national leaders to step up and accelerate action and investments in nutrition and ECD programmes as a critical foundation for equitable development and economic growth.

World Bank and UNICEF, through this alliance invited governments, development partners, civil society, foundations and the private sector to make early childhood development a global and national development priority.The alliance will support country-led efforts to invest in nutrition, early stimulation and learning, and protection, and to engage with communities to drive demand for these high-quality ECD services for every child.The alliance between the two institutions and a call for making ECD as global policy is based on the advances in neuroscience and recent economic studies. The advancement and studies show that early childhood experiences have a profound impact on brain development and on subsequent learning, health, and adult earnings.Children who are poorly nourished and nurtured, or those who do not receive early stimulation, are likely to learn less in school and earn less as adults. Emerging scientific evidence also shows that prolonged exposure to adversity – such as countries affected by conflict or households affected by domestic violence – can cause toxic stress on children, a condition that can also inhibit peak brain development in early childhood..

 

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