These children are contributing to the 175 million children of pre- primary age not enrolled globally, according to the first global report by the UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) on pre-primary education.
The report highlights lack of investment in pre-primary education by the majority of governments worldwide.
It found that children enrolled in at least one year of pre-primary education were more likely to develop the critical skills needed to succeed in school, less likely to repeat grades or drop out, and more able to contribute in societies and economies when they reach adulthood.
“Children in pre-primary education are more than twice as likely to be on track in early literacy and numeracy skills than children missing out on early learning. In countries where more children attend pre-primary programmes, significantly more complete primary school and attain minimum competencies in reading and maths by the time they finish primary school.”