Improving Early Childhood Education through Child Rights-Based Learning: A Collaborative Training in Tangerang, Indonesia

Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Early Childhood Care, Education, and Parenting (SEAMEO CECCEP) and Yayasan Pandu Pertiwi collaborated to organise a comprehensive training program on implementing child rights-based learning. This activity took place on August 12, 2023, in Tangerang. This training is part of an effort to improve the quality of early childhood education by placing a strong emphasis on fulfilling children's rights.

The training equips participants with facilitation skills and support in delivering learning that prioritises children's rights. Adopting a constructivist approach, the training has evoked a spirit of participation and engagement from the participants. In an effort to create an effective learning experience, various methods such as lectures, interactive discussions, experience sharing, and assignments have been applied.

The training schedule started with an opening ceremony, followed by an introduction to the practical implementation of child rights-based learning in ECD settings. Participants also received material on the joyful transition from ECE to primary school and learned more about the "Our Happy Neighbourhood" module. The event culminated with the signing of an important cooperation agreement before ending with a lively closing session.

Muhammad Tri Samanta, SE. MM, Head of Yayasan Pandu Pertiwi, gave a warm welcome to the training. He welcomed the success of the event and hoped for similar training in the future to improve the competence of educators. He emphasised that improving the quality of early childhood education is a priority, which involves collaborative efforts from various sectors to ensure the essential needs of Indonesian children are met, including in the areas of education, health, nutrition, care, protection, and welfare.

The event not only focus on delivery, it also paid special attention to evaluating the effectiveness of the training. With a comprehensive approach, the training was evaluated through cognitive assessments to measure participants' understanding of the concept of child rights-based learning, affective assessments to measure their emotional responses, and psychomotor assessments to measure the practical skills that had been acquired.
With full confidence, the trainees are expected to implement child rights-based learning and disseminate their knowledge to fellow educators. The process of implementing the planning, implementation, and evaluation strategies will have a positive impact on learning, especially for students in early childhood education and low-grade primary schools. With closer collaboration and burning passion, the future of Indonesian early childhood education looks brighter and more meaningful.

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