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ANECD Research on Kindergarten Enrollment Rates in Arabic Countries, 2018


In May 2018, the Arab Network for Early Childhood Development initiated a research on the kindergarten enrollment in Arabic Countries. The research benefits from a grant from Regional Center for Quality and Excellence in Education (RCQE) as part of its efforts and that of UNESCO to support regional initiatives in their thrive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, namely SDG target 4.2. The research integrates quantitative descriptive and qualitative analytical methods. The descriptive methodology includes a questionnaire in conjunction with a comprehensive survey of kindergartens in the target countries, in order to collect needed data on the enrollment rate of children in kindergartens, children's readiness for primary education, and schools readiness to receive children. The qualitative approach will be through a desk review of available documentation on kindergartens and early childhood education policies, with screening and identification of the most successful educational interventions and experiences in the pre-school sector in countries where the project will be implemented and globally. In addition, a series of structured interviews and focus group discussions with parents, kindergarten educators, and education policy makers in some Arab countries will be conducted as a case study. This approach will enable triangulation to reach accurate and objective data to end up with indicators of the same quality and specifications leading to well established national, regional, and global models and experiences. These will contribute to increasing the enrollment rates of children in kindergarten.

For more information, you can contact the research coordinator, Dr. Mohamed Matar or ANECD director, Dr. Ghassan Issa .