Unesco gives Swiss bad mark on educating young

A study from the United Nations culture agency Unesco says that Switzerland is lagging behind other countries in educating its young children.

This content was published on February 20, 2009 minutes

The Swiss Unesco commission on Friday recommended that investing more in the education of pre-school children would benefit the economy as a whole.

A study carried out by Fribourg University found that the education of young children in the country was at best mediocre. Switzerland belonged to a group of a few countries that had no clear concept for the education of children under six years.

The study also found gaps in Switzerland in how underprivileged children and those with special needs were treated.

Unesco has said that investment in pre-school children helps avoid later costs, arguing that every Swiss franc spent could pay for itself as much as four times over in subsequent benefits to the economy.

The Pisa international student assessment programme has confirmed a link between how children under six are introduced to education and later school performance.

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