KUCHING: The Inaugural International Preschool Education Convention will be held from Oct 1 to 3 later this year.
In announcing this, Women, Family and Childhood Development Assistant Minister Datuk Rosey Yunus said the convention will be implemented by the Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Ministry (KWKPK) in collaboration with the Sarawak Early Childhood Development Council (MPAKS).
“The convention will also be closely supported by other government and private agencies to elevate early childhood education as an important foundation in building excellent and quality human capital,” she said in a statement yesterday.
She said the convention was initially planned to be implemented last year but the ministry had to postpone the convention to this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak.
“InsyaAllah with the Covid-19 vaccine injection that will be given to educators and caregivers of the state’s early childhood education institutions on top of the Covid-19 standard operating procedure (SOP) guidelines, the convention can be implemented this year with a tentative date of Oct 1 to 3 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK),” the Bekenu assemblywoman said.
Rosey said the theme that has been chosen for the convention is ‘Character Building in the New Norm’.
The theme was chosen earlier during the International Preschool Education Convention Committee Meeting chaired by Rosey yesterday at the ministry’s complex.
“The objectives of the convention are to increase the knowledge and understanding of educators on the basics of human character building among children; to cultivate the positive nature of educators to develop the spiritual, cognitive, social, physical and emotional development of children so that universal human values are embedded; and to improve the skills of educators in identifying the talents, interests and potential of children through care, guidance and education,” she said.
“I hope that all parties can work together so that all plans to implement the convention will run smoothly to ensure that the development and early education of children achieve the expected quality,” added Rosey.