Early childhood lays foundation for success or otherwise of future learning. But one in four children under age of five in the world suffers from malnutrition. These children suffer developmental disorders, which diminish their chances of a good education. In sub-Saharan countries, fewer than one in five children have advantage of early education. For socially disadvantaged groups access to education is difficult. Apart from girls and women and poor people, these groups include indigenous people, religious, ethnic and linguistic minorities and people with disabilities. People living in conflict regions are also at severe disadvantage.
Without a good education, children will be less likely to get a job and look after their families in future. With fewer people in work and more people in need of support, they will struggle to prosper, holding their own countries back and ultimately global economy. High quality education can change this, helping to transform countries for benefit of us all. Quality education helps citizens work together to create strong, open institutions and societies. An extra year of good schooling lifts a country’s yearly economic growth by 1%, making poor countries richer and less in need of foreign aid and more able to trade.
Poverty reduction strategies should be:
Country-driven, promoting national ownership of strategies through broad-based participation of civil society;
Result-oriented and focused on outcomes that will benefit the poor;
Comprehensive in recognizing multidimensional nature of poverty;
Partnership-oriented, involving coordinated participation of development partners; and
Based on long-term perspective for poverty reduction.
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