Bandung- 21 April 2021 SEAMEO CECCEP held a National Webinar in collaboration with 12 Islamic universities in Indonesia. This national webinar theme was on “Development of Islamic Morals and Characters through Digital Learning”.
In the first session, Agus Ruswandi explained the differences in character and morals. He said that morality comes from the source of religious values and the Koran, while the characters are based on culture, Pancasila religion and local wisdom. A child’s character is influenced by the environment, genetics, and a combination of the two. The child’s character depends on the environment, if the environment is supportive, the child will have good character and vice versa. The introduction of character or attitude at this time should be introduced from an early age, but in fact, early childhood learning is currently emphasized on knowledge. In practicing good character, you have to go through activities or practices directly, not through a question session.
In the second session Endang Masruh Efendi presented “Development of Akhlakul Karimah in Digital Learning”. He explained that the principle of morality was an important aspect of education. The development of morality in early childhood is mainly affective, which was not as easy as knowledge development. Training children’s character involves physical and emotional interaction with children.
The last session, Ahmad Fajri Lutfi delivered a presentation related to digital media in early childhood. He explained that the use of digital media could have positive and negative impacts. He also emphasized the importance of parental supervision on children’s use of gadgets.
Character has a higher meaning than moral education because it does not just teach what is right and what is wrong, but helps children to feel good values and be able to do it. Character education in early childhood can lead children to mature in processing emotions. Emotional intelligence is an important provision in preparing early childhood to face a future full of challenges, both academically and in the life of the nation and state.