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Jakarta Post

Much work ahead to improve early childhood development

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Jakarta   /   Thu, December 3 2020   /  01:00 am
Eddy Henry, head of early childhood education and development at Tanoto Foundation (top left), Syifa Andina, early childhood development expert and UNICEF education consultant (top center) and Ahmad Avenzora, welfare statistics director of Statistics Indonesia (bottom left) during a Jakpost Up Close webiner titled Early Childhood Development in Indonesia: Are we on track? on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020(JP/Yuliasri Perdani)

Families across the country, especially younger ones, are still working hard to provide adequate nutrition and attention for their children, which are necessary to ensure proper early childhood development. Indonesia’s early childhood development, measured through UNICEF’s Early Childhood Development Index (ECDI), initially showed great promise. However, the COVID-19 pandemic may derail all progress made by the country. As part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the ECDI is crucial in portraying the achievement of early childhood development at the population level. Indonesia was among the first 91 countries to pursue data collection needed to obtain an ECDI score in 2018. The data collection process includes tabulation of four indicators, namely literacy-numeracy, physical, learning and social-emotional. “In reality, there are numer...