To mark its second active years, SEAMEO CECEP collaborated with Tanoto Foundation and Universitas Ahmad Dahlan implemented the 1st ICECCEP (International Conference on Early Childhood Care Education and Parenting) with the theme of “Navigating Practices, Strategy, and Approach of Children Well-being in the Era of Industrial Revolution 4.0”. The event carried out on 17-18 October 2019 located in Bandung.
As a regional centre of SEAMEO and a part of the government of Indonesia, SEAMEO CECCEP is aware of the challenges in ensuring quality education to prepare today’s generations in Indonesia and other countries in Southeast Asia to be ready to face global challenges. Therefore, an international conference is organized to gather experts from all sectors to collect available best practices on ECCE and Parenting education for children’s well-being. The conference was also aimed to create further discussions among education practitioners in the region.
There are 7 scopes of the conference that carried out in 5 plenary sessions and 3 parallel classes, they are:
- Children’s Development Stages for Parents and Teachers’ Understanding
- The role of Parents in Ensuring Children’s Well-being
- Proper Education Intervention for Early Learners
- Parenting Programs, Policy-Making, and Implementation
- Sexual and Health Education for Children in Their Early Years
- Critical Issues on ECCE and Parenting in the 21st Century
- Multiculturalism, Gender, and Equity in ECCE Setting
On the first day of the conference, on behalf of General Secretary of MoEC Indonesia, Secretary of Directorate General ECCE and Parenting Dr. Wartanto,M.M. delivers his keynote speech and also officially opened the international conference. While on the second day, the Director General ECCE and Parenting MoEC Indonesia, Harris Iskandar,Ph.d also attending and delivers his keynote speech about “ECCE and Parenting Roadmap” in Indonesia.
During two days of implementation, the conference had successfully gathered 100 participants and 40 presenters from national and international. There are delegates from Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Nepal, China, Philippines, London, Japan and New Zealand. A highlight from this conference is that there are so many best practices from all around the world, but the challenge is how to report, document, and disseminate it.