Planète Enfants & Développement has just launched a vast programme for underprivileged children under 6 years of age. For a duration of 3 years, it aims to inform parents on the importance of education in the first few years of life, to create or strengthen structures welcoming children, to train and equip professionals, but also to reinforce laws on early childhood. Supported by the Agence Française de Développement, we are deploying this programme in Cambodia, Vietnam, Nepal, Burkina Faso and exploring options in Togo.

If the countries we are working in express political willingness to develop Early Childhood services, in reality, children under 6 do not benefit from the care they deserve. Societies change: traditional models evolve, women work, parents have ambitions for their children.
However, in Cambodia, Vietnam, Nepal, Burkina Faso and Togo, public nurseries are rare. Private centres are too expensive for a lot of families. Too few children go to primary school, which often are in need of trained and equipped teachers.

For PE&D, it is essential to fight against inequalities from a young age and to give all children the same chance.

With the support of the Agence Française de Développement, which funds 60% of this 2.8 million€ project, we can present ambitious objectives by 2024:
• 500,000 children reached by our activities,
• Nearly 180,000 families made aware of the importance of care and learning before the age of 6,
• Nearly 1,000 Early Childhood professionals guided.

More precisely, we will be working with eight partner organisations on informative sessions, interactive workshops with parents, the creation of nurseries, training of childcare assistants, construction or standardisation of communal primary schools, creation or modernisation of playgrounds in underprivileged neighbourhoods, teacher trainings and the development of appropriate educational materials, but also on sharing childcare and viable schooling models in disadvantaged contexts and on reinforcing the law.

2020 – 2024: Early Childhood is the priority!

Véronique Jenn-Treyer, PE&D Director

October, 6th 2020