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Directorate General of Teachers and Education Personnel (GTK) of the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) with the Organization of Working Cabinet Era Solidarity (OASE) open Akbar/Major Training for 1,500-2,000 teachers of early childhood education (PAUD), kindergarten (TK) and Community Education in the region. The training is held at the Darussalam Campus, Riau Islamic University for three days, from 29 to 31 March 2017. The training takes the theme ‘Successful Practices of Character Education and Scientific Approach to Build Morals, Critical Thinking Power and Creativity of Children’.
Director General GTK Kemendikbud, Sumarna Surapranata explained in Pekanbaru, Riau, on Wednesday (29/3), in three days, early childhood, kindergarten and Community Education teachers will be trained on how to strengthen children’s character education. He said, approximately 1,700 teachers will practice how character education is in accordance with 21st century. Character education teaching not through violence.
Pranata revealed that there are at least 5,300s early childhood, kindergarten and Community Education teachers throughout Indonesia. However, the challenge is that the teachers come from upper secondary school level. Therefore, to improve early childhood (PAUD) teacher qualifications, the government will provide scholarships and conduct competency training.
Meanwhile, Chairperson of the OASE Character Education field, Ratna Megawarni mentioned character education for children is a mutual assistance program. It is intended so that the contribution of early childhood teachers, kindergarten and Community Education could be quickly achieved.