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Global Leaders Call for Increased Investment for Early Childhood Education

Keynote speaker Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Education and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Elizabeth Lule, Executive Director of ECDAN.
Keynote speaker Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Education and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Elizabeth Lule, Executive Director of ECDAN.
 UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell speaking at the event.

April 18, 2024 – Global leaders and advocates gathered in Washington, DC on April 17 for the event Act For Early Years: Unlocking Investment for Our Youngest Learners, on the occasion of the spring meetings of The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Participants discussed the need to build political support for increasing investment in early childhood education to 10 percent of all education aid. Currently, only 1.4 percent of all education aid goes to early childhood education.

Keynote speaker Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Education and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, said it is “simply not negotiable” when it comes to investing in the early years. “We have to raise the standard, we must invest in the early years,” said Brown. “It is what we have to talk about in every forum. We have to get ministers to raise these issues in all the international forums.”

Also in attendance was UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell who said that investing in early childhood education is not just something that sounds good, it’s a strategic imperative which has immense long-term benefits for the society. ” There can be no human development without early childhood development,” she added. 

ECDAN is grateful to co-host this event with Theirworld, Sesame Workshop, and Global Business Coalition for Education. We are inspired by the passion and commitment of our speakers and attendees in advancing investments in early childhood education. Read more and the Act for Early Years campaign here