presented at the 2015 Asia-Pacific Regional ECD Conference Beijing, China
The landmark Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2015 adoption in September this year has globally endorsed SDG 4 and Target 4.2 (UNGA, 2015), whilst the Framework for Action and indicators will be finalized in November 2015 and March 2016 respectively. This has reassured the global community that “Quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education” has secured a place for comprehensive actions along with all its targets and other relevant SDGs. Target 4.2 is framed by the overarching SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all ". It is pertinent to mention that the final articulation of target 4.2 has been crafted through a series of bold negotiations until its most recent narration, giving space to a holistic continuum embedded in the conceptualization of the 0-8 age group. This has been achieved through multiple national, regional and global forums on Early Childhood Development and Care (ECDC)/Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED).