World Teachers’ Day highlights the importance of Early Childhood Education

The crucial role of Early Childhood Education (ECE) in building sustainable societies will be the theme of a UNESCO roundtable held as part of World Teachers’ Day (WTD) celebrations at UNESCO Headquarters on October 5.

Despite the increased recognition on the importance of ECE, teaching personnel have not received the same level of appreciation. ECE teachers in many parts of the world typically receive minimum or no training, the lowest pay and benefits with no career prospects, and have low socio‐economic status overall.

For ECE to become a powerful force for tackling discrimination and for bridging gaps of inequity, its teaching force must be thoroughly trained and supported to be able to deliver quality teaching and care. They must have adequate training and work conditions so that they can integrate the content and practice of a holistic early childhood care and education and ensure that our youngest children are able to transition smoothly into primary education.

Roundtable themes will include Early childhood education as a profession: trends, status and challenge and Teaching young children for a sustainable future: innovation, lessons.