The first five years of life are a time of great opportunity. Children learn at a faster rate than at any other time of life, providing a foundation for the development of life skills.
It is also a period of great risk. Children from disadvantaged households are much more likely to experience poor early learning than others, placing them at greater risk of enduring negative impacts on academic attainment, employment and earnings and civic engagement, among others. But some children from disadvantaged households do achieve strong outcomes, demonstrating that equitable outcomes are possible – and highlighting the policy actions that can help create a more level playing field for all children.
Equity in education is about supporting children who need it most. Ultimately it is about supporting informed and well-educated citizens, who are the foundation for stronger economies and more resilient societies of the future.
Explore our five key takeaways:
> Why equity matters: learning gaps at five
> How does pre-primary education make a difference?
> Which other factors could help close the gap?
> How can a more dynamic education system help learners throughout their lives?
> How do governments allocate public spending on education?