Education has proven time and again a powerful tool to fight poverty, combat discrimination, empower communities, and prepare children for success in life. Early childhood education (ECE) in particular has demonstrated substantial impact on key indicators throughout life, including higher graduation rates, higher income and lower rates of teen pregnancy.
However, around the world children struggle to access ECE. These children are often found where it is most needed: where discrimination, poverty, violence, and even warfare prevent children from living their best lives. But traditional ECE programs struggle to reach these children; preschool centers are frequently inaccessible for children living in remote or conflict-effected areas. Even when children find ways attend, the language of instruction is most frequently in a national or dominant language delivered by outsiders, reinforcing power dynamics and making learning difficult for children who speak a minority language.
UN Sustainable Development Goal #4 calls for universal preschool education by the year 2030. With 200 million of the world's most marginalized children, there is a lot of work to be done.