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By Brian Keeley

This primary publication within the new OECD Insights sequence examines the expanding monetary and social value of human capital - our schooling, talents, skills, and data. As economies in constructed international locations shift clear of production, financial luck for people and nationwide economies is more and more reliant at the caliber of human capital. elevating human capital has emerged as a key coverage precedence, fairly for low-skilled participants, who're vulnerable to being left even additional at the back of. coverage during this region is targeting early adolescence improvement, enhancing caliber and selection in education, growing excellence in tertiary schooling, and widening entry to grownup studying. Drawing at the study and research of the OECD, this dynamic new booklet makes use of basic language to provide an explanation for how international locations around the OECD zone are responding to the problem of elevating their degrees of human capital. This e-book comprises Statlinks, URLs linking statistical tables and graphs within the textual content of the publication to Excel spreadsheets displaying the underlying facts.

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The families don’t get very much, yet it’s enough to make a difference in the children’s lives. It also helps that the money is given with strict conditions. For example, Beatriz is required to take her children for regular visits to the medical centre and has to attend monthly health lectures. “We have to attend the talks”, she explains, “otherwise we get a reprimand”. And, as long as her children keep showing up in school, she also gets help with education expenses. Programmes like Oportunidades focus on children’s education and health for this simple reason: the first years of life are crucial to human development and lay the groundwork for our ability to develop our human capital.

How countries approach such issues is influenced by their social and economic traditions, their understandings of families and young children, and by accumulated research on the benefits of quality early childhood services. Starting Strong II examines how participating countries have responded to issues raised in the previous volume, Starting Strong (2001). It also looks at new policy initiatives, identifies policy areas for further critical attention from governments, and offers an overview of early childhood education and care systems in each of the participating countries.

Programmes like Oportunidades focus on children’s education and health for this simple reason: the first years of life are crucial to human development and lay the groundwork for our ability to develop our human capital. It’s such an obvious idea that it hardly seems worth stating. And yet across the world, disabilities and poverty mean many children never lay those vital foundations. X What can societies do to ensure they do? This chapter looks at the child’s earliest years and at how they can lay the foundations for subsequent development.

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