On 4-6 December 2019, SEAMEO CECCEP in collaboration with Directorate General of Early Childhood and Community Education (DGECCE) of MoEC Republic of Indonesia implemented a seminar with the theme of “Strategic Role of Ethnoparenting in Building Fondation of Community Education”. Located in ICE BSD Garuda Hall, Tangerang, the event was attended by 19 experts gathered from various regions and successfully invited more than 150 people on the audience.
This event is the initiation of the study about how each ethnic have different habits and norms applied in their daily life and also impacting their pattern in parenting style. On the parallel session, there are 10 experts representing 10 big ethnic groups from Indonesia and 3 experts representing 3 SEAMEO countries: Thailand, Cambodia, and Philippines.
At the opening session, Dr. Dwi Priyono as the Director of SEAMEO CECCEP stated on his remarks “Each ethnic have various style and values that implemented in their parenting pattern. Nowadays, I think millenials will need this kind of information because as the world is becoming more borderless and global, there are much more interracial and interethnic marriage done by our next generation, comparing to the past. Hope our children and grandchildren can keep the good values and best practices from their ancestors, to be inherited.” The event was opened directly by Director General of Early Childhood and Community Education, Harris Iskandar Ph.D. In his opening remarks, Mr. Harris stated, “This is one of the strongest reason why we build a SEAMEO centre focusing on Parenting. We have so many local wisdom that needs to be shown to the world. We can use this knowledge to build a better Southeast Asia.”
For the output of this national seminar is a book consisted of compilation of the materials and notes from discuss session during the seminar.