SIF Launches First Early Childhood Education Initiative in Indonesia

The Singapore International Foundation (SIF), in partnership with the Indonesian Kindergarten Teachers Association (IGTKI) West Java and the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), launched its first early childhood education (ECE) initiative in Indonesia on 4 November 2019. The two-year Early Childhood Education Project seeks to enhance the capabilities of early childhood educators in the West Java Province.

A team of Singapore International Volunteers (SIVs) comprising faculty members from the ECE programme in SUSS will collaborate with their Indonesian peers and share their knowledge, skills, and experiences in ECE. By 2021, an estimated 9,000 members of the Indonesian community are expected to benefit from the project, including students, teachers, parents, and caregivers.

Singaporeans and Indonesians collaborate to enhance early childhood education in Bandung, West Java.
Mr Jaryll Chan, Division Director, Programmes, Mr Jaryll Chan, Division Director, Programmes, SIF, presents presents a token of appreciation to Ms Renni Kusnaeni, Chairperson, IGTKI West Java Chapter. Joining them is Dr Edi Parmadi, Head, West Java Chapter, Indonesian Teachers Association. The artwork is from Very Special Arts, a Singapore-based charity that provides opportunities for people with disabilities to be involved in the arts.
SIV A/P Sirene May-Yin Lim shares a light moment with the project trainees. The 50 trainees will be further equipped with enhanced pedagogy and quality assessment skills to enable them to cascade their knowledge to a further 250 of their peers in the sector as part of a Training-of-Trainers model.
The first workshop, which covered Quality Teacher-Child Interactions and Building Collaborative Relationships with Families, commenced shortly after the launch ceremony, beginning with a short ice-breaking activity among the trainees.

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