Early childhood care is very important to enable a child to live his/her dreams as they grow up. The right education, nutrition and health play a pivotal role in securing the future success of children. Finding the right funds to benefit early childhood health and education will ensure that they do well as they grow up.
It has been found that children who are provided with the right educational opportunities early in their childhood tend to do better as adults. They are more prepared to face the world and their challenges by understanding the intricacies around them. They have a keen sense of understanding that stem from the values and morals imbibed in them as children.
Good nutrition allows children to grow, survive, develop and learn better than children affected with malnutrition. As per a detailed survey conducted jointly by WHO, UNICEF and World Bank, ‘Asia and Africa bear the greatest brunt of all forms of malnutrition. In 2018, around 55% of children under the age of 5, in Asia, were stunted and more than 68% were wasted. Around 47% of children under the age of five were found to be overweight. Africa was studied as having 39% stunted children under the age of 5, 28% were said to be wasted and 24% were overweight.’ These alarming figures just prove that globally we do not have sufficient control over the problems affecting children in their most crucial years of early childhood development.
As the world progresses rapidly, the need of the hour is to call out to all the governments across the world to ensure that primary and secondary education is given importance for all boys and girls. This will ensure that they at least have an opportunity to apply for a job to curb their financial insecurities. As per data released by UNESCO in 2018, nearly 263 million children across the globe are out of school because of lack of funding or access to education.
These shocking numbers reveal the need to acquire funds from governments, philanthropists and world leaders to ensure that the future of different countries is in safe hands. Between April 2000 to June 2018, approximately US$1.75 billion was seen as FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) in the Indian education sector. This paves way for better literacy rates, government intervention and seriousness, and better health initiatives in time to come.
Come and connect together to solve the impending problem of health and education, globally!
** Wasted- Children too thin under the age of 5.
Overweight- children with excess weight under the age of 5.
Stunted- children not as per their height under the age of 5.