To develop Early Childhood and Care Education (ECCE) and Parenting programmes, SEAMEO CECCEP builds networks and partners through activities. SEAMEO CECCEP carried out a workshop on the theme “Strategic Issues In ECCE And Parenting In Indonesia And Southeast Asia”. This workshop was held at the Grand Mercure Hotel, Bandung with total participants about 100 people. Another participant is training alumni or trainers, and members of the professional organization, as well as students. Through this event, SEAMEO CECCEP gathered input related to policies and the development of ECCE and Parenting programs in Indonesia for teachers and education personnel in Indonesia.
In his remarks the director of SEAMEO CECCEP Dr. Dwi Priyono, M.Ed added that SEAMEO CECCEP needed input for the development of early childhood education and parenting. “We are grateful for your attendance. We would like to ask partners for advice and input on what we should do for the next five years. We ask you to give away your suggestions to help ECE teachers either in Indonesia or in other Southeast Asia countries”. Said Dwi Priyono
The resource persons are Dr. Santi Ambarrukmi (Director of Teacher Development and ECCE Education Personnel), Anang Ristanto., MA (Acting Head of Bureau and Cooperation and Public Relation), Dr. Poppy Dewi Puspitawati, MA (Head of Center for Early Childhood Development) and Ith Vuthy (Deputy Director of SEAMEO CECCEP).
In her presentation, Santi stated that one of the national policies related to Integrative Holistic Early Childhood Education (PAUD HI), Indonesia launched the National Action Plan (RAN) for ECCE. The existence of this national action plan aimed to reduce the acceleration of stunting.
On the other hand, Anang Ristanto stated that developing early childhood education required good quality teachers. To improve the quality of teachers, the Indonesian government has facilitated existing programs. One of these programs is tiered training and collaboration at the national and international levels.
Finally, this event became a great step for the expansion of strategic cooperation networks between ministries and agencies, as well as between countries that support the development of ECCE and parenting. The institutions can share good practices in the development and implementation of ECCE and parenting programmes in Indonesia.