Rising from the “Ashes”: Quality Early Childhood Education as a Panacea for National Development in Sierra Leone

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The importance of early childhood education has now become the major focus of policy-making in national development agendas in many advanced and majority of poor economies. This push is based on overwhelming research evidence that quality early education builds strong foundation for further learning and reduces economic and social inequalities (Heckman JJ, Investing in disadvantaged young children is an economically efficient policy. Paper presented at the Committee for Economic Development, New York. Retrieved April 16, 2016, fromhttp://jenni.uchicago.edu/Australia/invest-disadv_2005-12-22_247pm_awb.pdf,2006; Heckman JJ, Moon SH, Pinto R, Savelyev P, Yavitz A, A new cost-benefit andrate of return analysis for the Perry preschool program: a summary, working paper.
Retrieved from http://www.nber.org/papers/w16180.pdf, 2010). In Sierra Leone in West Africa, early childhood education is at an embryonic stage, and there are many issues that have impacted on its lack of advancement. This chapter explores the nature of early childhood development and education by focusing on the barriers and possibilities and to place it in center stage in the postwar reconstruction of Sierra Leone. This chapter argued that in a country influenced by a past, present,and future landscape; indigenous tradition; and postcolonial history, a post-conflict recovery can neither ignore early childhood education nor relegate it to the lower end of policy-making in the quest for economic development and national stability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Handbook of Early Childhood Education
EditorsMarilyn Fleer, Bert van Oers
PublisherSpringer
Pages691-705
Number of pages15
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9789402409277
ISBN (Print)9789402409253
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Agbenyega, J. S., Athinodorou, E., & Monk, H. (2018). Rising from the “Ashes”: Quality Early Childhood Education as a Panacea for National Development in Sierra Leone. In M. Fleer, & B. van Oers (Eds.), International Handbook of Early Childhood Education (Vol. 1, pp. 691-705). Springer.
Agbenyega, Joseph Seyram ; Athinodorou, Eleni ; Monk, Hilary. / Rising from the “Ashes” : Quality Early Childhood Education as a Panacea for National Development in Sierra Leone. International Handbook of Early Childhood Education. editor / Marilyn Fleer ; Bert van Oers. Vol. 1 Springer, 2018. pp. 691-705
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Rising from the “Ashes” : Quality Early Childhood Education as a Panacea for National Development in Sierra Leone. / Agbenyega, Joseph Seyram; Athinodorou, Eleni; Monk, Hilary.

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Agbenyega JS, Athinodorou E, Monk H. Rising from the “Ashes”: Quality Early Childhood Education as a Panacea for National Development in Sierra Leone. In Fleer M, van Oers B, editors, International Handbook of Early Childhood Education. Vol. 1. Springer. 2018. p. 691-705