Monday, 20 April 2015 09:20

TUNISIA: Pre-School Education Must Be Compulsory and Free in Tunisia – Unicef

TUNIS, 16 April 2015 - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) underlined, in its last report on out-of-school children, the need to render pre-school education compulsory and free in Tunisia, notably in rural regions.

The report indicates that pre-schooling of children in Tunisia remains weak, which slows down development of children and affects efficiency of primary education.

According to the same source, one child out of four does not benefit of preschool coverage and one child out three has no access to preschool education before starting primary school, asserting that the situation is even harder in rural areas.

UNICEF called for the establishment of a national pre-schooling strategy that also include 3 and 4-year children, while focusing efforts on rural regions.

The years before primary school are crucial for the development of children, the formation of their personality, the contribution to their school success later but also for early detection of physical or mental insufficiencies likely to limit their chance of school success, the report specifies.

UNICEF also recommends the revision of standardisation of programmes, boosting socio-cultural, sport and civic activities, improvement of quality infrastructures and equipment and development of school transport in rural area.


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