| Izah Azahari |
THE Early Childhood Care and Education International Conference came to a close yesterday at Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) in Gadong.
The event, organised by the Ministry of Education through the Early Childhood Care and Education Unit, saw Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the Ministry of Education Dr Haji Junaidi bin Haji Abdul Rahman as the guest of honour.
Other guests included Acting Director-General of Education Haji Abd Rahim bin Derus, directors, heads of department and senior officers at the Ministry of Education.
The event opened with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah by Ustaz Haji Mohd Saat bin Haji Mokim, Education Officer under the Department of Schools.
This was followed by a presentation of Resolutions Report by Dk Siti Hjh Fatimah binti Pg Hj Petra, Head of Rapporteur, who discussed the conference’s findings and implications that were addressed by a panel of international experts during the four-day conference.
The event continued with the presentation of certificates to sponsors and a closing remark delivered by the guest of honour.
He highlighted the inevitability of facing challenges in providing the best possible care and education for young children. This means that relevant stakeholders are required to continuously sharpen their skills, look for fresh ideas and embrace changes of day-to-day practice in order to ensure a better future for the newer generation who will become the leaders of tomorrow.
He also noted the research input and findings made by keynote speakers and paper presenters that address various current issues and concerns dealt with on a daily basis concerning nutrition and health; cognitive development and school achievement; childhood psychology and learning; leadership and professionalism; literacy; numeracy; as well as children with diverse socio-economic and learning needs.
“Through this wide range of keynote and paper presentations and discussion on many strands in early childhood care and education, we have been enlightened with new ways and innovations to achieve meaningful improvements in children’s learning and development,” he said.
Before officially declaring the conference closed, the guest of honour thanked all participants, both local and international, for their motivation and willingness to share their knowledge and experiences during the conference.
The conference was held with the aim of giving educators, researchers, teachers and professionals the opportunity to discuss and share issues and challenges faced in achieving important goals for the future of Early Childhood Care and Education.