Something that I learned in regards to the international early childhood field is that there are so many global issues in early childhood. As simplistic as it sounds, children are children and have similar issues no matter where you go. Issues of poverty, access and awareness to quality programs, influences of economics, neuroscience, and politics, etc. effect children and families globally. Secondly, an international consequence to early childhood learning and development is developing an awareness of global issues and increasing action plans in regards to addressing these issues. Thirdly, we need to be more aware of issues surrounding access and availability to quality child care and learning. As much as 40% of the global population does not have access to education in a language they speak or understand” (UNESCO, 2017). We need to raise awareness to this issue and become more intentional in what we are doing as early child educators to address this issue.
A goal I have in terms of international awareness is that all early childhood professionals and educators would develop more awareness to these global issues and become more intentional regarding our responses to these issues. There is so much positive work and influence that can occur at the classroom and child care level.
UNESCO. UNESCO, 12 2017, https://en.unesco.org/themes/early-childhood-care-and-education. Accessed 16 Dec. 2017.