Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Center for Early Childhood Care and Parenting (SEAMEO CECCEP), Universitas Mataram, and Universitas Negeri Padang collaborated in hosting the 1st Annual Annual Conference on Early Childhood Education and Parenting (ACECCEP) with the theme “Early Childhood Education and parenting transformation during the post COVID-19 Pandemic” at the Aruna Senggigi Hotel Lombok, Tuesday and Wednesday (30/8).
The speakers in this conference are: Prof. Vina Adriany, M.Ed., Ph.D (Director of SEAMEO CECCEP), Prof Marek Tesar, PhD (Auckland University, New Zealand), Ms. Caroline Seng (Ministry of Education, Singapore), Tiantian Zhou (The University of Reading, England), HE Prak Kosal (Ministry of Education and Youth, Cambodia), Ir. Hendarman, M.Sc. Ph.D (SEAMEO CECCEP Advisory Board), Dr. M. A. Muazar Habibi, S.Psi.,M.Pd. (Universitas Mataram), Dr. I Wayan Karta, M.S. (Universitas Mataram), Drs. I Nyoman Suarta, M.Si. (Universitas Mataram), Dr. Ni Wayan Rasmini, S.E, M.Ag. (IAHN GDE PUJA Mataram), Prof. Dr. Desak Putu Parmiti, M.S. (UNDIKSA), Puan Fadila (Malaysia), Dr. Putu Aditya Antara, S.Pd., M.Pd. (UNDIKSHA) among other distinguished speakers all over the globe.
At the opening ceremony, the Rector of Universitas Mataram delivered a welcome remark, followed by a virtual speech from Nadiem Makarim (Minister of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia). Nadiem stated that early childhood education has an important role, so it requires the role and movement of PAUD teachers. He hopes that through this conference, it can produce real actions that bring PAUD better, as well as a transformation of the education system to move forward in change and realize independent learning.
The objective is to increase the awareness and emphasis of stakeholders on the importance of providing quality early childhood education and care during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first day, Charolin Seng stated that in this pandemic, we need to reconstruct how to learn through a better online learning system. Furthermore, Marek Tesar added that parents and teachers need to work together in supporting early childhood learning. On the other hand, teachers need training to improve teacher professionalism.
On the second day, Prof. Vina explained that parenting is not only done for women but also requires cooperation between the roles of mothers and fathers. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there were many problems in parenting, including many parents who were impatient in accompanying their children to learn. Therefore, good parenting techniques and cooperation between parents and teachers are needed. In the final session, Prak Kosal explained the importance of the curriculum in supporting early childhood education during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The existence of this international conference is a place to bring experts from all sectors to share information about ECCE and parenting. In addition, to collect best practices and implementation strategies to deal with new learning in early childhood education, including empowering parenting after the COVID-19 pandemic. On the other hand, it provides a platform for teachers, lecturers, and practitioners to disseminate their research findings on early childhood education and parenting to a larger audience.
Thus, this international conference will have implications for collaboration with stakeholders in providing the best learning solutions for ECCE in the post-pandemic period.
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