UNESCO Tashkent Declaration Sets Global Agenda for Early Childhood Education

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Representatives from around the world recently gathered at the World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

On the final day of the conference, officials adopted the Tashkent Declaration, a groundbreaking document that sets the international agenda for early childhood education through 2030.

The Tashkent Declaration outlines guiding principles focused on the following key areas: 

  • Equitable and Inclusive Quality ECCE Services for All
  • ECCE Personnel
  • Innovation for Advancing Transformation
  • Policy, Governance, and Finance

Childhood Education International was present at the conference and applauds the adoption of the Tashkent Declaration, as well as recent increases in the elevation of early childhood care and education (ECCE) to higher levels of international discourse.

Too often, ECCE is neglected in national and international policy agendas on education, and there has not been adequate progress to-date on achieving the commitments outlined in Sustainability Development Goal (SDG) 4. We are hopeful that the Tashkent Declaration will help further worldwide progress toward these goals and commitments.

Read the Tashkent Declaration