1st Edition

Early Childhood Care and Education at the Margins African Perspectives on Birth to Three

Edited By Hasina Ebrahim, Auma Okwany, Oumar Barry Copyright 2019
    194 Pages
    by Routledge

    206 Pages
    by Routledge

    The importance of early childhood care and education (ECCE) in the lives of very young children is gaining increasing attention around the globe and yet there is a persistent lack of diverse knowledge perspectives on this critical phase. This stems from dominant Eurocentric framings of early childhood research, and related theories. Early Childhood Care and Education at the Margins provides contextual accounts of ECCE in Africa in order to build multiple perspectives and to promote responsive thought and actions.

    The book is an entry point to knowledge production for birth to three in Africa and responds to the call for the field to be in dialogue with different perspectives that attempt to map concepts, debates and contemporary concerns. In this book, a group of African authors, representing both Anglophone and Francophone Africa, provide insider's perspectives on a wide range of geographic, cultural and thematic positions. In so doing, they show the breadth and depth of ideas on which the ECCE field draws. The chapters in the volume highlight a range of topics including poverty, early socialisation, local care practices, gendered roles, and service provision. They open up important points of departure for thinking about ECCE policy, practice, theory and research.

    The book presents African perspectives in a globalising world. It is therefore suitable for an international readership. It includes cross-cultural comparisons as well as critiques of dominant discourses which will be of particular interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students active in the field of ECCE, childhood studies, cultural studies and comparative education.


    List of Contributors


    Chapter 1: Creating visibility for birth to 3 in Africa: A push from the margins

    Auma Okwany and Hasina Banu Ebrahim

    Chapter 2: Small stories from the margins: Cartographies of child poverty and vulnerability experience in Kenya

    Elizabeth Ngutuku

    Chapter 3: Early child care and development in Central African refugee families in Cameroon Mbere villages


    Chapter 4: Reconstructing child caregiving: Perspectives on child headed households in Uganda

    Doris M. Kakuru

    Chapter 5: Contesting and rethinking the role of men in early childhood care and education support system for birth to 3 in Zimbabwe

    Hilton Nyamukapa

    Chapter 6: Repositioning peripheral voices: Examining institutional processes of exclusion in health care provisioning for urban poor children from birth to 3 years

    Aurelia Munene

    Chapter 7: Socialisation of children aged birth to 3 in Benin: Representations and routes

    PĂ©lagie Mongbo-Gbenahou

    Chapter 8: Early childhood care narratives of young mothers in Uganda

    Annah Kamusiime

    Chapter 9: Bridging narratives: Intergenerational transmission of indigenous knowledge in the care and education of children from birth to 3 in Madagascar

    Zanafy Gladys Abdoul

    Chapter 10: Factors influencing parental choice of centre-based provision for early childhood care and education in Ghana

    Fauster Agbenyo

    Chapter 11: Perspectives on early childhood education as a fundamental right in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Roger Thamba Thamba

    Chapter 12: Challenges in implementing a home visiting model for early childhood development in South Africa

    Malibongwe Gwele and Hasina Banu Ebrahim

    Chapter 13: Paternal involvement in early childhood care and development in Cameroon and Congo-Brazzaville: Contextual redefinition of indicators

    Olivier Abondo


    Hasina Banu Ebrahim is a full professor in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Africa.

    Auma Okwany is an assistant professor of Social Policy at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands.

    Oumar Barry is an assistant professor at Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, Senegal.