Global Campaign for Education: RIGHTS FROM THE START - Early childhood care and education

This report highlights that learning begins at birth, and that every person is entitled to the exercise of rights including the right to care and education.

This report, by Vernor Muñoz, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, is intended to highlight that neither rights nor education begins when a child first enters a primary school. On the contrary, as the Jomtien Declaration of 1990 affirms, “learning begins at birth”, and every person, regardless of age, is entitled to the exercise of rights including the right to care and education.

As the report sets out, early childhood care and education – especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged – is included as ‘Goal 1’ of the six Education For All goals, agreed by 164 governments in Dakar in 2000, and is affirmed as an individual right in numerous international and regional treaties.

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