| Zee Yusri |
THE Ministry of Education (MoE) in collaboration with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education (SHBIE), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), is organising a four-day Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) International Conference that commenced yesterday and will take place till November 30.
Taking place at the Royal Berkshire Hall, Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club in Jerudong, the conference is being held in conjunction with the celeberations of the 100 Years of Formal Education in Brunei Darussalam
Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Education, was the guest of honour.
The ceremony began with the recitation of Doa by Ustaz Haji Azrol Alim bin Haji Zaini, followed by welcoming remarks by Hj Abdul Rahim bin Derus, Acting Director General of the MoE.
Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar, the Minister of Education, gave the opening speech.
Sue Egersdorff, Chief Executive Officer of International Early Years, United Kingdom, presented a paper where she focused on important issues facing early year leaders. She drew on her experience as the director at English National College for Teaching and Leadership where she studies behaviours of highly effective leaders and the way systems are developed to raise standards of educational achievement.
She also discussed how very young children can lead their own learning if settings, teachers and leaders understand how they learn.
The ECCE Conference dubbed ‘First Steps to Nurturing Future Leaders’ is being attended by 135 local and international participants, where they are getting the opportunity to learn the best practices from international experts from countries such as Hong Kong, Australia, United Kingdom, Thailand and France.
MoE mentioned that the conference is a platform for educators, researchers, teachers and other professionals to discuss and share issues and challenges faced in achieving future goals in the early childhood care and education.
The international conference aims to draft, review and revive national policies on early childhood care and education and enhance trans-national collaboration and knowledge-sharing on the matter, taking into account the importance of cultural, social and spiritual diversity across contexts.
The conference also aims to expand the widespread focus on three to five year olds in early childhood care and education, to include younger children, as well as their families and communities.
The closing session after the conference will present the resolutions of the findings and discussions as well as their implications, that will be presented and discussed by the panel of international experts in early childhood care and education.
Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yusoff bin Haji Ismail, Deputy Minister of Education; Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Core Education); heads of departments and senior officials from MoE, were also present at the ceremony.