By Rachel Mina
KUCHING: If you want to know the history of early childhood care and education (ECCE)in Sarawak, make sure you grab a copy of a new book entitled “Women in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE): Sowing the Seeds for the Future”.
The book, published by the Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development (KWKPK), was launched by Chief Minsiter Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on Oct 2 during the three-day Sarawak Preschool International Convention 2021.
“This book is a must-read for everyone who is interested in the history of ECCE in Sarawak,” said Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development, Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah during the last day of the convention at Waterfront Hotel yesterday (Oct 3).
She added that the book, enhanced with personal pictures and useful infographics, would help readers to better comprehend Sarawak’s rich socio-cultural heritage in ECCE.
The book features the achievements of 20 women personalities and 18 organisations –- government bodies, religious bodies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs — in ECCE in Sarawak.
Fatimah said that the book was the latest addition to the series of books published under her ministery.
“The book was written and researched by three Swinburne University lecturers, Professor Dr Ida Adi Badiozaman, Priscilla Pui and Cassandra Lau.
“This book also provides an overview to the history of ECCE in Sarawak, tracing local community practices in childcare and informal education before depicting formalised ECCE through the work of government bodies, religious bodies, and NGOs,” she said.
Fatimah also extended her appreciation to the book committee for their involvement and devotion in the production of the book.
The chairperson of the book is Datuk Dr Adi Badiozaman Tuah.
Also present was Assistant Minister of Community Wellbeing Datuk Francis Harden Hollis.