Strengthening global partnership for the joint implementation of the Moscow Framework
At UNESCO’s initiative, an Interagency Quality Assurance and Reference Committee was established in December 2010 following the World Conference on ECCE. The committee oversees the joint planning and joint implementation of the Moscow Framework, and ensures the quality and relevance of the outputs of such joint efforts. It is composed of representatives of major organizations working on ECCE (e.g. Bernard van Leer Foundation, the consultative Group, Save the Children, UNESCO, Un Kilo de Ayuda, UNICEF, WFP, WHO, the World Bank). A roadmap for the joint implementation toward 2015 is currently under discussion.
Reinforcing the global monitoring of progress toward EFA Goal 1
In response to the recommendation of the Moscow Framework calling upon UNESCO “to explore the development of an instrument capable of tracking progress towards EFA goal 1, with particular attention to quality and the holistic aspects of ECCE” (paragraph 16c), UNESCO launched, in cooperation with the same interagency group, the joint development of a Holistic Early Childhood Development Index (HECDI) in December 2010. Monitoring of EFA Goal 1 has been limited – often to health monitoring for children ages 0 to 3 and to education monitoring for pre-primary education. Existing composite child well-being indices cover childhood outcomes, but do not examine the array of services for children. The HECDI intends to overcome these fragmented perspectives on early childhood by adopting a holistic vision of monitoring ECCE that would include measurements of health, nutrition, protection, welfare and education.
After several virtual meetings, the first actual meeting of the HECDI interagency technical committee was held in 12-13 September 2011 at UNESCO Headquarters. Around 30 early childhood experts gathered in Paris to initiate the work of index development. The HECDI will be used to monitor global progress in achieving EFA Goal 1 for 2015; and UNESCO will advocate its inclusion in major global development indicators such as the Human Development Report, World Development Indicators, and the Global Competitive Report.
Documenting follow-up actions by UNESCO Headquarters
The Division for Basic to Higher Education and Learning at UNESCO Headquarters has set up a mechanism for collecting and documenting information about significant developments and follow-up actions that have been or are being undertaken at the national and regional levels. This is to learn about the impact of the World Conference as well as potential needs for technical assistance in implementing these actions.