ERIC Number: ED476812
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Implementation of the Integrated Early Childhood Policy in Senegal. Early Childhood and Family Policy Series.
As part of a UNESCO-sponsored series of studies examining how integrated and coordinated early childhood policies are implemented, this case study focuses on Senegal's integrated early childhood policy. The case study examines the context for policy development and analyzes the structure and resources of the Ministry for the Family and Early Childhood (MFPE). Also examined are the goals and strategies of the new policy, the programs feasibility and relevance, and issues related to access, quality, and equity. The study draws on four data types, including document analysis, interviews, and observations of integrated and traditional preschool centers. At the center of the policy is the model of the childrens hut, that considers the complexity of the African situation and tensions between tradition and modernity, offering an early childhood support program providing education, health, and nutrition services. The study concludes that the new Senegalese policy draws on the potential of the nonformal sector to resolve problems faced by formal and informal preschool education as well as health and nutrition services. It is noted that the proposed model is considerably removed from the inexpensive, grassroots approaches previously tried and does not necessarily seem the most relevant in terms of declared ambitions regarding access and quality. Among the positive features is the presence at the MFPE of those involved in inter-ministerial approaches and actively advocating preschool innovation. The study asserts that time will be needed for a new, shared vision to take shape, and regular meetings devoted to shared projects are needed; the policy's success is dependent on balanced joint construction backed by authentic action research and self-assessment. (Contains 57 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Children, Childrens Rights, Developing Nations, Early Childhood Education, Family Programs, Foreign Countries, Integrated Services, Models, Policy Analysis, Program Descriptions, Public Policy
Early Childhood and Family Education Section, ED/BAS/YCF, UNESCO, 7 Place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP, France. Tel: +33-1-45-68-22-22; Fax: +33-1-45-68-57-37; Web site: http://www.unesco.org/publishing. For full text: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/ulis/cgi-bin/ulis.pl?database=ged&set=3EEDE174_3_175&hits_rec=18hits_Ing=eng.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). Early Childhood and Family Education Unit.
Identifiers - Location: Senegal