Rome Conference Report of the Special Interest Group on Early Childhood Education
Coordinator: Emerita Garon
|Ronilda Henson||Vittoria Galli|
|Ronu Thomas||Flavia D’Souza|
|Diana Castro||Belen Lim|
|Abraham de Castro-Secretary|
Chairperson of SIG: Genevieve Balance Kupang
The children are the heart and soul of our childhood education family. These children grow and develop best when they have a safe and stable relationship at home and in school. Children-centered environments make them explore and learn on their own pace, where conditions are encouraging and constructive. Early childhood educators are global citizens, role models, who committed to espouse the values of love, diversity, peace, respect and equality.
The members of this SIG recommend “Training the Trainers,” that sufficient real life, classroom immersion and actual job engagement of all aspiring preschool educators are indispensable prior to graduation. Well-trained teachers will grasp that children have rights as individuals, and children learn and cope differently. Let’s Play – we believe that sufficient training enable preschool teachers better appreciate and understand that “play” is our brains’ favourite way of learning. Big concepts and concerns are to be addressed like the need to promote constructivist theory, the relationship theory, mutual respect among stakeholders, the opportunity for children to create things, and the student ratio per class. “We’re Partners” – to establish and further strengthen the relationship between parents and educators in the holistic formation of the child, there needs to be a strong school-home collaboration and partnership. Above all, there is a need to be able to inject values in the learning process in all situations inside/outside the classroom. We begin to train them to be Global Citizens who would espouse the manners and values of love, diversity, peace, respect and equality.