SEAMEO CECCEP and Purwakarta Education Office Hold 'Our Happy Neighbourhoods' Training to Improve Early Childhood Education Quality

Purwakarta, May 30-31, 2024 – Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Early Childhood Care Education and Parenting (SEAMEO CECCEP) collaborated with the Purwakarta Education Office to organize a training session titled 'Our Happy Neighbourhoods'. This two-day training was attended by 50 early childhood care education (ECCE) teachers representing each sub-district in Purwakarta. The event aimed to improve the quality of early childhood education through a deeper understanding of children's rights.

The training was led by the SEAMEO CECCEP teaching team. The speakers discussed various important topics, including children's rights and case studies in Indonesia related to the fulfillment of inclusive children's rights. They also shared strategies to address the challenges teachers face in ensuring that children's rights are met.

One of the main points emphasized in the training was the importance of fulfilling participatory rights and creating an environment filled with love and happiness for children. Children should grow up in a loving atmosphere, with special attention to balanced nutritional intake. Every child has the right to proper clothing and a decent life. Teachers were encouraged to understand that their role is vital in creating an environment that supports the holistic development of children.

The training participants were also encouraged to protect children from various dangers, including physical and verbal bullying. It is essential for teachers and schools to create a safe and comfortable environment for children, where they feel protected and valued. Inappropriate name-calling and discriminatory actions must be avoided to ensure every child feels accepted and respected.

Equality and social opportunity were also significant topics of discussion. Children should not be discriminated against and must be given equal opportunities to socialize and interact well. Schools must provide educational services that meet the needs and abilities of each child, regardless of their background. This approach is expected to help children develop strong social skills and self-confidence.

The children's rights discussed in the training included the right to protection, care, health, education, and well-being. Children have the right to receive intense care from parents since birth, optimal health attention to avoid malnutrition and stunting, and appropriate education. Children's happiness was also emphasized as an essential aspect that must be maintained, as happy children tend to have a good mood and positive emotional development.

The 'Our Happy Neighbourhoods' training is expected to provide new insights and skills for early childhood teachers in Purwakarta. With the knowledge and skills gained from this training, teachers are expected to be more effective in supporting children's development and creating an inclusive and enjoyable learning environment. The collaboration between SEAMEO CECCEP and the Purwakarta Education Office marks an important step in enhancing the quality of early childhood education in the region.

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