Despite the transformative role that early childhood education can play in addressing gender inequalities and challenging common gender norms and stereotypes when acquired by the youngest learners, boys and girls continue to have different experiences in the classroom. Gender biases and stereotypes are frequently reproduced in teacher-student interactions, games, preschool curricula, and teaching and learning materials. They shape gender identities, aspirations and expectations that have a profound impact on the life choices, outcomes and inequalities faced by girls and boys.
Tackling Gender Equality From the Early Years: Strategies for building a gender-transformative pre-primary education system, a research report developed by UNICEF’s Office of Research-Innocenti, presents key strategies with country cases and examples that can help governments and policy makers proactively integrate a gender perspective into the design and implementation of their early childhood education (ECE) policies and programs. The findings of this report are further supported by five advocacy briefs that provide targeted advice to key stakeholders to support the gender transformation agenda through the early years.
Read the full report here.