Educating children in the new millennium: part 1

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Date: May-June 2014
From: Childhood Education(Vol. 90, Issue 3)
Publisher: Association for Childhood Education International
Document Type: Editorial
Length: 1,094 words
Lexile Measure: 1340L

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This theme issue of Childhood Education focuses on current issues and trends that affect the education of children in schools, homes, and communities around the world. Since the beginning of the new millennium, several new global initiatives have been implemented in order to improve the lives of children and families--adding to a variety of existing global movements and projects. Such initiatives include the recent work on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) (UNICEF, 2005); creating a World Fit for Children (WFFC) (United Nations, 2002); United Nations Millennium Declaration--known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) (United Nations, 2000); The Dakar Framework for Action: Education for All (EFA) movement (UNESCO, 2000); Post-2015 Development Agenda (UNESCO, 2013); as well as the Decade for Childhood 2012-2022 launched by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) and the Alliance for Childhood. All these initiatives aim to improve the education, health, and well-being of children and their families around the world, raise awareness regarding remaining challenges, and document improvements in our lives.

Although many improvements have been made over the past decade regarding children's education and well-being (e.g., United Nations, 2013a, 2013b, 2013c), much more work remains to be done around the world--especially in the areas of eradicating poverty/hunger; expanding and improving early child care and education for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children; and providing access to free, compulsory, primary education of good quality to all children, particularly girls.

The present theme issue was planned with the intent to not only highlight some of the great achievements / initiatives of various countries, but also document some of the remaining challenges. When considering the continuing areas...

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