33 Million Children Need PAUD

Kompas, page 11

Children aged 0-6 years should have access to quality early childhood education.  In Indonesia, there are more than 33 million children aged 0-6 years. They need to be prepared into a better generation as early as possible. Director of Early Childhood Education (PAUD), the Ministry of Education and Culture Ella Yulaelawati said achieving 100 years of Indonesia’s independence is largely determined by how Indonesia takes advantage of the demographic bonus opportunities by preparing the workforce which would later be in abundance. Children aged 0-6 years in 2010, numbered 32.5 million people; in 2045, they would reach the age of 35-41 years. It was conveyed at the launching of Holistic Integrative PAUD (PAUS Holistik Integratif), in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, on Tuesday (25/10).

Through the program, a total of 100 PAUD in Kupang Regency were assisted in order to develop quality educational services. The development was done together with teachers, parents, and the community. Integrative Holistic PAUD services are considered capable of providing a better foundation for children, so that they have literacy and numeracy skills.

Improving the quality of early childhood education is not only undergone by training early childhood teachers to be able to properly educate and care for the holistic development of the child. The development effort also touches parents and families so that they can understand early childhood development and help them grow optimally.

Deputy Representative of UNICEF Indonesia Rumbie Lauren said, globally, the importance of optimizing the golden age of children 0-6 years old has been recognized. Their brain cells grow rapidly that they need to be stimulated through ways that are fun and through good parenting. According to him, early age children in NTT are very much in need of attention. Malnutrition or short growth is a serious issue.

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