Family education is believed to be the first and foremost education. The quality of a family that carries out its roles and functions well, determines the quality of the whole nation. Over the years, families carry out many challenges for this big mission, which has always been the concern of the Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) of Indonesia.
Therefore, since the year 2015, the Directorate General of Early Childhood Care Education and Community Education (DG ECCE) through the Directorate of Family Education, has sought to improve the capacity of families through technical guidance and familiarization of family education. It was started with training of prospective facilitators which is held conventionally. However, Ir Harris Iskandar PhD, the Director General of ECCE mentioned that it is certainly not enough just to rely on facilitators who are trained conventionally to educate 83 million families in Indonesia. Harris added that the condition has demanded new way and mode to be more in line with current times while maintaining the quality, which is by using information and communication technology (ICT).
SEAMEO Regional Open Learning Centre (SEAMOLEC), with the support of Centre of ICT of MoEC (PUSTEKKOM), has been assisting the Directorate to establish a programme called Online Guidance for Prospective Facilitators of Family Education, or in Indonesian language; Bimbingan Calon Fasilitator Pendidikan Keluarga Daring (BCF Dikkel Daring). SEAMOLEC provides technical assistance in creating the online course for these prospective facilitators in its Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform.
The platform enables participants to learn independently through the available materials, videos, quizzes, and assignments. It will also be equipped with two-way communication sessions through web conference and chat group for discussion between participants and resource persons. SEAMOLEC also provides assistances starting from the registration process, content review, and generate e-certificate for participants who passed the assignments.
On November 6, 2019, the day program was launched, there were already 895 people registering, and based on the documents submitted as requirements, 250 participants will be selected to be participants in the first batch of this online course. The course will last for about 2 months, started on November 6 to December 30, 2019. This programme is expected to increase the number of facilitators for family education to reach all regions of Indonesia.
At the same occasion, the Directorate of Family Education, DG ECCE, MoEC of Indonesia also held an event called Appreciation Night for Early Childhood Care Education and Family Education at Balai Kartini Convention Centre, Jakarta. The Directorate presented appreciation awards as the Greatest Parents to 32 parents from various provinces in Indonesia. It was indeed a very heartwarming evening event hosted by the Directorate.