Why early childhood development is the foundation for sustainable development

The new Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 recognize that children are agents of change when they channel their infinite potential to create a better world. The purpose of the agenda is clear: to eradicate poverty and hunger, restore human dignity and equality, protect the planet, manage natural resources, promote economic prosperity, and foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies. ECD is included in Goal 4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. However, if we reduce ECD to one area of development, will limit the power of ECD to transform individuals and societies. We have learned that a developing brain needs multiple inputs – health, nurturing care, protection, and enrichment. By incorporating these multiple inputs into our early childhood development efforts, we can foster the developmental potential of young children. At the same time, we also maximize the multiplier effect ECD has on many of the Global Goals.

Why early childhood development is the foundation for sustainable development

Author: Pia Britto