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UKRI GCRF Action against Stunting

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Friday, Jun 18, 2021
from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (UTC)

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UKRI GCRF Action against Stunting





Virt India

Assessing the quality of preschool education to support children who are stunted

Stunting – impaired growth and development from poor nutrition, repeated infection, and inadequate psychosocial stimulation, affects 149 million children under the age of 5, mainly in low- and middle-income countries. The UKRI GCRF Action Against Stunting Hub investigates the multiple drivers of stunting in India, Indonesia and Senegal, to inform evidence-based interventions supporting child development.

The Education and Cognition will profile the development of children who are stunted compared to their peers who are not stunted. The team will examine their learning needs and performance across four domains, cognition, language, motricity, social and emotional learning. Learning opportunities in their home and school environment will also be profiled to understand how learning and development can be best supported.

To date, research on stunting has primarily focused on educational opportunities within the first two years of life. However, to fully support children throughout the early years and achieve SDG4, it is vital to measure the quality of early learning environments.

This seminar will focus on the ongoing collaborative work across India, Indonesia, and Senegal to adapt a classroom observation grid (the Measuring Early Learning Environments – MELE) to measure key characteristics of classroom environments and educational quality. We will hear from the research teams in Indonesia and Senegal, who will share their experience adapting these instruments and using them in the field. We will provide opportunities to share attendees’ experiences and perspectives on working across cultures and disciplines so we can all reflect on how best to develop robust and culturally sensitive methods to address global challenges.


UKRI GCRF Action against Stunting