As we work towards age-appropriate, stimulating childcare centers for every child from birth to primary school and beyond, what happens with parents at home, especially in a child's first few years of life, remains the foundation upon which all subsequent learning opportunities rest.
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When we talk about out-of-school children, we often think of the family who can’t afford a school uniform, the refugee family displaced from their home, or maybe the parent who doesn’t see the value in educating a daughter. Perhaps we think of a student who drops out of school to go to work, or stops attending when the teacher doesn’t come to class. But someone is missing.
In a payment by results (PbR) programme, a service provider may not be paid by the donor for what they spend - the provider has financial ‘skin in the game’. The central rationale of PbR is that this ‘skin’ should increase accountability and improve performance (their ‘level of play’).
While the importance of soft skills have been previously acknowledged by both researchers and practitioners, many questions remain unanswered:
Which soft skills have the most impact in improving outcomes for youth across sectors?
Which measurement tools are most effective at assessing these skills?
Are there guiding principles for developing these skill sets among youth?