Letter to President Lula da Silva
Dear Mr President,
We, the organisations from around the world who support action on early childhood development congratulate you on your prestigious role as incoming Chair of the G20.
We support your leadership on tackling the climate crisis as young children will be the most affected by this huge issue for the planet’s future. They will face more extreme weather events than their grandparents’ generation: seven times as many heat waves, twice as many wildfires and three times as many droughts, crop failures and river floods.
Alongside the impacts of climate change, over the past few years a confluence of factors and overlapping crises have derailed decades of progress and will require a renewed urgency to address threats and risks to young children and their families. These interlinked crises have increased poverty, food insecurity, learning losses, displacement and migration of children, and mental health issues, and have ultimately driven the Sustainable Development Goals and other global targets off track.
Despite the overwhelming evidence of the high returns of investing in early years programs, there is a woeful lack of public funding for the under 5 age group and we are facing a global early years crisis where more than half of the world’s young children are missing out on the early years childcare and preschool they urgently need.
This lack of investment has a devastating impact on a child’s future as they start school already behind their peers, deepening inequality and impacting their future chances in life and ability to cope with future crises, not of their making. Existing gender norms also mean the brunt of the global childcare crisis falls on women, with high childcare costs or lack of availability the main reason why women cannot enter into or must leave the workforce. This can have a cascading impact on gender inequality.
Five years ago, the Development Working Group of the G20 launched a new Initiative for Early Childhood Development as the foundation for creating fair and sustainable societies. The Development Working Group called for closer examination of national investments in young children given the well-documented return on investment. However, progress has been blown off course due to the Covid-19 pandemic and other global crises.
We are calling on you to revitalise the G20 Initiative for Early Childhood Development and support new commitments that prioritise investment in the early years. Given Brazil has been a leader in child’s rights and investing in early childhood development policies and programs, we urge you to carry this mantle of leadership as you take over the chair of G20.
It is time for governments to act for early years and make the necessary investments so that every child gets the best start in life.
|Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN)||The LEGO Foundation||Theirworld|
|UNICEF||World Vision International||Plan International Brasil|
|Instituto Perifa Sustentavel||International Rescue Committee||Visão Mundial Brasil|
|Early Education and Childcare Coalition||British Association for Early Childhood Education||The Innovative Child Network|
|Bernard Van Leer Foundation||Rede Nacional Primeira Infância||Instituto da Infancia (IFAN)|
|Roger Federer Foundation||Sesame Workshop||Fundação Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal|
|Moving Minds Alliance||Right To Play International||Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC)|
|Africa Early Childhood Network (AfECN)||Echidna Giving||Kidogo|
|VVOB - Education for Development||Tanzania Early Childhood Education and Care-TECEC||Movimento BH pela Infância|
|International Center for Research and Policy on Childhood||Chance for Childhood||Thaki|
|Tanzania ECD Network (TECDEN)||Learning Planet||PROMUNDO|
|Unbounded Associates||Think Equal||AREPI-Acolhervc SC|
|Learn to Play||Results Canada||CEIIAS Centro de Estudos Integrados, Infância, Adolescência,Saúde|
|viaEd Philanthropy||Primeira Infância Campineira||FEIRN/REPI/SME|
|Aliança pela Infância||Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All||Instituto Árvores Vivas para Conservação e Cultura Ambiental|
|Take Action Global||Instituto Avisa Lá Formação Continuada de Educadores||INSTITUTO PIPA|
|We Are One Foundation||Instituto Jardins da Infância||KIDS|
|Strong Starts for Success||Brighter Children, Inc.||Street Child Pakistan|
|Comitê das Crianças de Jundiaí-SP||Fundação Lucia e Pelerson Penido - FLUPP||Ninar - Núcleo de Estudos Psicanalíticos|
|Prefeitura Municipal de Patos-Pb||Tempojunto||Fundação Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal|
|Usina da Imaginação||Zelo Consultoria em Educação e Desenvolvimento Infantil||REDE ESTADUAL PRIMEIRA INFÃNCIA DE ALAGOAS|
|RODISON ED. CULTURA LTDA||Andi||Children Care Foundation|
|Integra - Centro de Desenvolvimento Humano Relacional||Associação Comunitária Monte Azul||Social innovation Croatia|
|Avante-Educação e Mobilização Social||CSYM Huduma Christian Spiritual Youth Ministry YLO Tanzania||Global Alliance For Public Health Intervention (GAPHI)|
|Viana & Moura construções||Mustard Seed Global Children Initiative Club||Hills and Valleys Foundation|
|Girl Child For Sustainable Future Foundation||Youth Building The Future Global||Discover-I|
|Educate the Nomadic Child (ENCi)||Chiragh Educational Welfare Society-(CEWS)||Early Years Learning Initiative|
|Climate Governance Movement||Barrier Breakers Youth Initiative||Chaman Ara Foundation|
|Dharmic Uganda||Zeka ltd||AIA International Foundation|
|Enable the disable action EDA||Youth Action For Sustainable and Eco Nepal||YARD-Liberia|
|Sustainable afrika||Nedeevah aid Foundation||Access Bank Fifth Chukker School, Kaduna Nigeria|
|Back to school youth initiative group||Chiragh Educational Welfare Society-(CEWS)||Community Participation In Sustainable Development (COMPSUDEV)|
|Infinite hope for vulnerable Africa||Barrier Breakers Youth Initiative||Inspirational Leadership Movement|
|Storypen Opportunities||Learning Planet||Aidchild|
|HODARI Foundation||The Innovative Child Network||Students Against Corruption|
|Colectivo Feminista y LGTBIAQ+ Somos Parte Del Mundo||JZT - jehaad for zero thalassemia||Tujifunze Africa Foundation|
|Magisterial Speaks||Éducation, Migration, Peace and Development||YOCAI|
|Magic Breakfast||The Kesho Alliance||Jeunes pour le Développement Citoyen et Culturel (JDCC)|
|Redes da Maré||Bow Consultancy Services||Web Radio Casileoca|
|HODARI Foundation||Students Against Corruption||Center for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh|
|Jeune idée verte
||Ducklings Early Years Ltd||FIABCI-CANADA international Real Estate Federation|
|Hummingbird Foundation||Atulya Vikas Foundation||Global Youths in Action For Sustainable Developments|
|Rural educational improvement and development||Centre for Early Childhood Development||Fundación ReachingU|
|Sickle Cell Action Foundation||Instituto Alana||Contos e Danças|
|Action des Volontaires pour la Solidarité et le Développement||YOTA - Youth Opportunity and Transportation in Africa||Women's Budget Group|