In this global call to action, the Early Childhood Peace Consortium entreats governments, policy makers and community leaders to safeguard the increasingly undermined rights of young children living in fragile contexts and to prioritize investment in their survival, development and protection.
We stand in solidarity and collaborate with the United Nations and the wider international community in the global response to this pandemic-induced humanitarian crisis.
The report is a call to action to address the full scale of the COVID-19 education emergency, with urgent action to save the education of a generation of children. We are calling on governments, donors, and the international community to come together to:
1. PLAN: Agree and implement a global COVID-19 education action plan.
2. INVEST: Commit to increased funding for education to recover from this crisis.
3. LEARN: Interventions should ensure the most marginalised are learning.
4. PROTECT: Ensure that all children are healthy, safe and well whilst out of school and when they return.
5. TRACK: Efforts to implement and fund the global education action plan must be tracked and actors held to account.
Violence is an all-too-real part of life for children around the globe –regardless of their economic circumstances and sociocultural background – with both immediate and long-term consequences. Available data indicate that children’s experience of violence is widespread, taking different forms: About half the world’schildren are subjected to corporal punishment at home; roughly 3 in 4 children between the ages of 2 and 4 years receive violent discipline by parents and other primary caregivers; half of students aged 13 to 15 experience peer violence in and around school; and 1 in 3 adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 have been victims of intimate partner violence.
As daily lives and communities are upended by COVID-19, concern is mounting that violence against children may increase. Children with a history of abuse may find themselves even more vulnerable, both at home and online, and may experience more frequent and severe acts of violence. Others may be victimized for the first time.
A new UNICEF publication, Protecting Children from Violence in the Time of COVID-19: Disruptions in prevention and response services, documents what has happened to such services across the world:
Learn more about UNICEF's data work on violence against children: https://data.unicef.org/topic/child-protection/violence/
ARNEC has produced country reports for Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines, and Singapore on the perspectives of the ECD community on the impacts of COVID-19 on young children and ECD.
Earlier this month, ARNEC released the full regional report done in April-May 2020 amplifying the voice of the ECD community on the impacts of the pandemic on young children and ECD services in the Asia-Pacific.
The country reports were prepared because of the significant number of respondents from said countries.
Download the individual country report
Click here for the full narrative report with technical notes.
Click here for the summary of survey findings.