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IOE academics advise on an early education toolkit for Commonwealth countries

20 May 2019

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) academics Dr Rosie Flewitt and Professor Lynn Ang recently joined the Commonwealth Secretariat Round Table of international educators, thought leaders and policy makers to develop a Commonwealth Early Education Toolkit.

Woman with young children

Dr Sue Tunnicliffe also attended representing the Commonwealth Association of Science, Technology and Mathematics Educators (CASTME). 

The Toolkit will provide a cross-sector framework for Ministries of Education in Commonwealth member countries to increase access to quality early education and care, working across the areas of health, nutrition and child protection. 

Led by Secretary-General Patricia Scotland, the panel met at the Commonwealth Headquarters in London, and identified key criteria that will help ensure children in all Commonwealth member countries have the opportunity to develop holistically, emotionally, socially, physically and cognitively. The group discussed the vital role that early childhood education plays in Commonwealth member countries achieving their full social and economic potential.

The work is part of an overall effort to move towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Target 4.2, which aims "by 2030 to ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education".