To support the independent campus learning program, Ith Vuthy (Deputy Director for the CECCEP SEAMEO program) had the opportunity to become a guest speaker in a public lecture activity at the Indonesian University of Education, Tasikmalaya Campus. One Hundred early childhood study program students enthusiastically participated in this activity (7/10/2022).
Dr. Elan M.Pd (Head of the ECE study program) welcomed the public lecture activities. He said this activity was an event for students to add information and insight about the early childhood curriculum in Southeast Asia. According to him, this activity is a form of cooperation with SEAMEO CECCEP, which he hopes can continue the collaborate.
Ith Vuthy gave a presentation entitled "Comparing Early Childhood Curriculum in Southeast Asia. He compared Cambodia's early childhood education curriculum, which focuses on physical activity, knowledge, creativity, and character. Children also learn about science, society, basic mathematics, and the Khmer language. Education in Cambodia also prioritizes children's happiness. Happiness here means that children enjoy and participate in educational games and are brave, active, and cooperative. Children are also taught to love themselves, family, friends, and teachers and love their nation's environment, culture, traditions, and customs.
Furthermore, the early childhood education curriculum in LAO PDR countries focuses on holistic early childhood development, which aims to be a readiness program for entering elementary school. On the other hand, it also focuses on character development. The learning curriculum at LAO emphasizes the importance of life experience as a foundation for supporting child development. Activities and experiences can help children's physical motor skills. Direct experience can also develop children's language skills.
Early childhood also teaches the LAO language. They learn communication through listening and speaking activities. Children practice using picture cards and pronounce different letters and consonants. Children learn to write 27 alphabets and 28 consonants of the LAO language. At the end of the session, Vuthy explained that activities/experiences support emotional development that helps children learn and know themselves and others and express and manage emotions appropriately in different situations.