Bandung, 10/11/2022- Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Center for Early Childhood Care Education and parenting (SEAMEO CECCEP) conducted a webinar to welcome father's day on November 12, 2022. This webinar was held in collaboration between Bappenas, Tanoto Foundation, Women's Empowerment and Child Protection (DP3A) in Bandung, and Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia.
Prof. Vina Adriany, PhD (Director of SEAMEO CECCEP) said that this webinar is a momentum for us to redefine related parenting. Currently, many parenting studies for childcare have been listened to many times but still need a discussion viewed from a gender-sensitive and cultural perspective.
Amich Alhumami, Ph.D. (Director of Religion, Education, and Culture- BAPPENAS), was the keynote speaker in this webinar. He delivered material related to fulfilling children's rights in care to support national development. He highlighted that human action aims to achieve prosperity that guarantees human life with dignity and worth. In realizing this, three pillars are needed. There is the existence of social protection services, productivity, and character building.
Parenting is the shared responsibility of parents/primary caregivers. They remember that family is the initial foundation of civilization and is at the forefront of development. This care is critical to meet the essential needs of child development. Children will not be good if the child's right to care is not fulfilled optimally.
Woro Sri Hastuti Sulistyaningrum (Director of Family, Women, Children, Youth, and Sports of the Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas) explained that children in Indonesia are not only cared for by intact families but also for children of families. Who are vulnerable to living in slum areas or on the poverty line. So it needs special attention.
She also highlighted that one of the parenting challenges is gender equality, which is not yet optimal. The stigma indicates that parenting is only the responsibility of women. Men's involvement in parenting is not optimal, so women are at risk of having multiple burdens.
In line with Hani Yulinindrasari, Ph.D. (Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia), it emphasizes the importance of gender equality and justice between men and women. Men and women have equal opportunities to access the available options by meeting the specific needs of each gender. The urgency of a gender perspective in parenting in gender equality is contained in the SDGs (Goal 5), one of which is ending all forms of discrimination, and violence, against women based on gender, ensuring women's participation and universal access. Parenting is crucial in the division of the roles of father and mother. The quality role of the mother and father in mutual respect without violence is needed to support the provision of children's rights in care.
In the next session, Irfan Ansori, M.Pd (SEAMEO CECCEP) delivered material on cultural and ethnic-based parenting. He explained that the parenting process occurs between parents and children, and cultures are inseparable. Cultural values are often used as benchmarks for determining good or bad standards, whether they are right or wrong. In practice, parenting style in the family is influenced by culture and ethnicity, socio-economic and environment because children are not built naturally. Still, there is a role for culture and community groups.
In the last presentation, Irwan Gunawan, M.Pd (Tanoto Foundation) explained the best practices of the SIGAP home service program in providing child care rights. These programs include 1) parenting classes, where parents/caregivers receive parenting practices from the facilitator. 2) home visits (SIGAP Children's home facilitator visits the parents/caregiver's home to monitor the child's development), 3). stimulation classes (playing activities together, as a form of developmental stimulation, for children based on age group), and 4) Individual assistance for parents to obtain consultation regarding child development.
Finally, fulfilling children's rights is essential for shaping them into the next generation of superior nations with their various potentials. Fulfilling children's rights is part of human rights that must be protected. In the last session, the webinar closed with the distribution of certificates to the speakers.