- The post-2015 development agenda across the proposed 17 SDGs and indicators build a stronger case for ECED:
- SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
- SDG 2.1. By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round.
- SDG 2.2 By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons
- SDG 3. Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote wellbeing for all ages
- SDG 3.2 By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children uder 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to
- reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births
- SDG 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all
- SDG 4.2 By 2030 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
- Convention on the Rights of Child 1989: Ratified by Pakistan in 1990 with a commitment towards protection, health, education and special care of children.
- Jomtien Declaration 1990: Pakistan signed Jomtien Declaration in 1990. Article V emphasizes ‘ Learning begins at Birth’ and ECE should be offered as part of basic education.
- Education for All (EFA): Pakistan signed Dakar Framework of Action (April 2000). Early Childhood Care and Education is the primary goal of EFA
- National Education Policy 2009:
- At least, one-year pre-primary education to be provided by the state.
- Additional budget, teachers, and Assistants to be provided for ECE in primary schools.
- Universal access to ECE within next 10 years i.e. 2019.