Ethiopia offers a case study in the development of early childhood care and education (ECCE) in low-resource settings, which needs to be understood in the context of recent government priorities to universalise primary education, and low levels of ECCE offered mainly by private and faith-based providers. In 2010, the Ethiopian government designed a national framework for ECCE which offers a real opportunity to strengthen quality and extend access to more disadvantaged groups. This paper reviews these developments, and reports research into the diverse early years trajectories of urban and rural Ethiopian children. The paper builds on the messages of earlier working papers in this Young Lives series, especially the importance of delivering the benefits of ECCE through quality programmes, strong government engagement and sufficient resources.
Orkin, K.; Yadete, W.A.; Woodhead, M. Delivering Quality Early Learning in Low-resource Settings: Progress and Challenges in Ethiopia. Bernard van Leer Foundation, The Hague, Netherlands (2012) 104 pp. ISBN 978-90-6195-126-1 [Working Paper No. 59, Studies in Early Childhood Transitions.]