Goals and Objectives

Child looking at book, Timor-Leste

©UNESCO/Katy Anis

The overarching goals of the WCECCE are to:

  • Reaffirm ECCE as a right of all children and as the basis for development;
  • Take stock of the progress of Member States towards achieving the EFA Goal 1;
  • Identify binding constraints toward making the intended equitable expansion of access to quality ECCE services;
  • Establish, more concretely, benchmarks and targets for the EFA Goal 1 toward 2015 and beyond
  • Identify key enablers that should facilitate Member States to reach the established targets; and
  • Promote global exchange of good practices.

The specific objectives are to:

  • heighten global awareness and policy dialogue on ECCE as a fundamental human right and its relevance to individual and national development and prosperity;
  • share applicable lessons of good practice;
  • discuss the progress in achieving the EFA Goal 1, identify binding constraints that limit the progress, agree on a set of benchmarks and targets for the Goal 1 that member states should work toward and set up a mechanism for monitoring these benchmarks and targets;
  • discuss critical requisite instruments for guiding the scaling up of equitable provision of quality and comprehensive ECCE services, including policy, strategic, institutional, financing, implementation frameworks;
  • discuss programmatic and operational elements of effective ECCE services, such as a conceptual and programme framework for holistic child development, important competencies of educators, caregivers and other ECCE (para)professionals, elements for assuring quality of services, including assessment and impact evaluation; and
  • identify areas in which capacity building is required by Member States, sub regions and regions, and discuss concrete ways of assisting the required capacity building.
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