“After applying new teaching techniques during storytelling sessions, the children are now more focused and curious. Reading classes are now more interactive with increased dialogues between teacher and children. I also received feedback from parents that they had seen positive changes in their children at home,” said Ms Novi Andriyati, a teacher from Putra III Kindergarten in Banjar City, West Java.
Ms Andriyati was one of the participants from the Singapore International Foundation's (SIF) Early Childhood Education Project in Bandung. This is the SIF’s first Early Childhood Education (ECE) initiative in Indonesia, organised in partnership with the Indonesian Kindergarten Teachers Association (IGTKI) West Java and the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS).
The two-year project, which concluded on 5 July 2021, sought to enhance the capabilities of early childhood educators in West Java. A team of Singapore International Volunteers (SIVs) comprising faculty members from the ECE programme in SUSS collaborated with their Indonesian peers and shared knowledge, skills, and experience.
Through a series of training-of-trainers workshops and a symposium, 61 Indonesian ECE practitioners were trained as Master Trainers. They have since trained 300 other teachers from 51 kindergartens, creating wider, sustainable impact on their local communities. Overall, the project benefitted more than 11,000 members of the Indonesian community, including students, parents, and caregivers.