- ‘In the 21st century, countries’ wealth is not defined in terms of material wealth. It depends on the extent to which countries are able to nurture their human capital, with values important in a globalized world, such as equality, justice, and respect for diversity and for the environment. It is in our best interest to enable all children to benefit from the equalizing and enabling power of ECE, right from the start of their life (Concept Paper: The World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education: Building the Wealth of Nations DIVISION OF BASIC EDUCATION MARCH, 2010)
- After 18th Amendment in 2010, Education in Pakistan is devolved entirely to the provinces – each province committed to National Education Policy 2009. The Government of Pakistan included Right to Education (RTE) in its constitution through Article 25-A of the 18th Amendment on April 19, 2012 “The State shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age
- 5 to 16 years in such manner as may be determined by law” National Plan of Action 2013-16 for Achieving Universal Quality Primary Education in Pakistan (September 2013) developed by Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Trainings. Provincial Sector Education Plans are in place and being finalized; all include ECE as an area of focus.
- Required legislation, Education Sector Reforms and National Plan of Action, ECE Curriculum and learning material, ECE Policy formulation in all provinces,
- enormous experience of local NGOs and manifestos of newly elected political parties with education as an important component are some of the opportunities that we must avail to formulate a national narrative on ECED.