Winner: "Education for All" sub-challenge "Early Childhood Care and Education" Grand Prize
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Winner of the "Education for All" sub-challenge
"Early Childhood Care and Education" Grand Prize
"Health information project that is already mature - well conceived and valuable. Good coverage, scale and impact."
HealthPhone uses mobile technology to provide information for women to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families. Content will include information on nutrition, common childhood diseases, pregnancy, childbirth, the first year of life, child survival, growth, learning, development and protection, and women empowerment. Videos, audio recordings, images, and text messages will be produced and delivered to families via mobile phones.
Early Childhood Care and Education – Education For All Challenge Grand Prize
Almost 1,000 mobile communication ideas were submitted to help achieve literacy, develop universal primary education, address youth and adult learning needs, improve the quality of education, achieve gender parity and equality in education, and improve early childhood care and education.
The main objective of the final phase of the EFA Crowdsourcing Challenge is to find solutions on how mobile communication can improve early childhood care and education.
During the sixth stage of the Challenge, early childhood experts, teachers and practitioners, parents, students and software developers are all invited to participate by submitting mobile communication ideas for improving early childhood care and education as well as vote/comment on other ideas. These dynamic exchanges will lead to concrete projects that will then be developed and implemented either by Nokia or by participants in the challenge.
The sixth EFA goal featured in the EFA Challenge is expanding and improving comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. The values, attitudes, knowledge and skills - including linguistic, cognitive and social skills - children develop in early childhood are the foundations for lifelong learning. If children fail to develop these foundations because of poor nutrition, a lack of stimulation, emotional stress or other factors, there are significant costs for both individuals and societies, and the effectiveness and equity of education systems are undermined. As a powerful means of breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty and disadvantage, early childhood care and education represents one of the most urgent priorities on the Education for All agenda.
Good-quality early childhood programmes can help improve lifelong opportunities, particularly for vulnerable and disadvantaged children. Yet those who are likely to benefit most from early childhood programmes are also less likely to participate in them. In least developed countries, 12% of children under five die before the age five. In South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa in 2009, 48% and 42% of under-five children are stunted respectively. In Sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab States in 2003-2009, one out of five children of eligible age do not attend pre-primary education in 2009.
8 May, 2015