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Political Leaders as Advocates for Early Childhood Abstract

By Gopini Panday

presented at the 2015 Asia-Pacific Regional ECD Conference Beijing, China


Despite the critical contribution of Early Childhood Development (ECD) in creating an equitable and skilled society, ECD has been under-prioritized and under-resourced in Nepal, and the country’s political leaders were unaware of how ECD transforms societies. To ensure the constitutional rights of young children and the formulation of a policy for the integrated and holistic development of children from birth to five years, Save the Children and Setogurans has worked strategically with parliamentarians and political leaders over the last decade to create ECD champions. The major achievement was formulation of an ECD caucus in 2009, composed of Constituent Assembly members and members of Legislative-Parliament (as per Interim Constitution of Nepal 2063).

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