Edited by Marito H. Garcia, Alan Pence, Judith Evans
Early childhood, from birth through school entry, was largely invisible
worldwide as a policy concern for much of the twentieth century.
Children, in the eyes of most countries, were 'appendages' of
their parents or simply embedded in the larger family structure. The
child did not emerge as a separate social entity until school age
(typically six or seven). Africa's Future, Africa's
Challenge: Early Childhood Care and Development in Sub-Saharan
Africa focuses on the 130 million children south of the Sahel in
this 0-6 age group.
This book, the first of its kind, presents a balanced collection of
articles written by African and non-African authors ranging from field
practitioners to academicians and from members of government
organizations to those of nongovernmental and local organizations.
Africa's Future, Africa's Challenge compiles the
latest data and viewpoints on the state of Sub-Saharan Africa's
children. Topics covered include the rationale for investing in young
children, policy trends in early childhood development (ECD),
historical perspectives of ECD in Sub-Saharan Africa including
indigenous approaches, new threats from HIV/AIDS, and the importance of
fathers in children's lives. The book also addresses policy
development and ECD implementation issues; presents the ECD programming
experience in several countries, highlighting best practices and
challenges; and evaluates the impact of ECD programs in a number of
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