Brunei Darussalam has one of the highest per capita income in Asia and low under-5 mortality rate. The Wawasan Brunei 2035 aims to make Brunei more prominent for its highly educated, skilled citizens and sustained economy.
Within the Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Education 2007-2017, early childhood care and education (ECCE) is prioritize with expanded focus on public and private provisions to support children aged 3-6 years through the creation of an ECCE unit in June 2010.
Health services and governmental preschool education programs have been established in both urban and rural settings to expand reach to all children. Advances have been made in the development of legislative, regulatory frameworks and guidelines for quality assurances, including the ECCE Framework.
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ECCE unit led by Ministry of Education (MOE) with Ministry of Health (MOH) of Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MoCYS) for coordinated and holistic provision of care and education for all young children.
1. Capacity building of early childhood teachers
Noteworthy aspects: ECCE unit established delivered the first nationwide Professional Development Capacity Program for Preschool Teachers.
Achievements: Strengthened teaching quality of 204 government preschool teachers and 499 private preschool teachers, facilitators and mentors across four districts; this established network of professionals further increase sustainability in the implementation of enhanced teaching and learning techniques.
2. Curriculum development for 3-4 year olds
Noteworthy aspects: Nationwide University Brunei Darussalam project to collect data on Brunein priorities for young children involving various levels of community members.
Achievements: ECCE curriculum framework covering 5 developmental domains implemented in January 2009 based on MOE’s curriculum guidelines of the new 21st Century National Education System (SPN21).
Children are our precious assets and they have the right to high quality care, education and development. Holistic and balanced development of a child can only be achieved through the high commitment and integration of various efforts of numerous stakeholders.”