POSTED November 23, 2021
Experts agree, children need to be considered when creating economic policies in Africa
Children are key to future success for nations of the continent and investment in early education will have greatest impact
The importance of considering children when crafting economic policies was brought to the forefront by Children Believe’s friends at the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), recently, with the release of its new report The Economic Case for Investing in Children in Africa: Investing in our Common Future.
The report highlights the increasing consequences of the growing social and economic development crises for the people of Africa in the years ahead. To address the issue, the ACPF makes the case for a “massive investment needed” to provide early education to achieve long-term economic and social benefits.
“Despite compelling evidence, many African countries still do not seem to recognize the benefits of investing in children,” says Dr. Joan Nyanyuki, executive director, ACPF. “There is a general tendency to see resources spent on children as an act of benevolence rather than an investment that will yield huge returns over a longer period of time. The time to act is now.”
Children Believe is committed to helping provide early childhood education and has made great strides in Africa. The positive impact of our work is shared in a recent blog.
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