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Early Childhood Research in Africa: The Need for a Chorus of Voices

Early childhood research in Africa: the need for a chorus of voices
Alan PenceEmily Ashton


Early childhood is a key focus of international research and international development. Such has not always been the case, as can be attested by those whose work predates approval of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) (United Nations, 1990) and the Education for All (EFA) initiative, which included the key words ‘learning begins at birth’ (UNESCO, 1990). At that point, the literature regarding early childhood education, care and development (ECD)1 and international development was scarce – for some parts of the world that remains the case.

In this chapter, the authors argue ‘that research on the whole ...

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