WELCOME MESSAGE

Dear fellow Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) advocates, educators, carers, researchers and parents:

It is our pleasure to inform you of an exciting upcoming event that we are specially bringing to you on 27-28 June 2020 in Penang ! We are organizing our 2nd International Conference on ECCE, the MAPECE ICECCE 2020 !

MAPECE believes in quality ECCE for the children of our nations, it is our responsibility and duty to care, nurture and educate these young ones to give them an early and impactful start in their life for them to develop their potential optimally and holistically. In order to do that we must be informed of best practices and latest development in ECCE, what better place to do this than through the platform of international conference and workshops where we learn together, deliberate and debate constructively, critically delving into issues and creatively bringing up solution collaboratively.

STREAM is an acronym for science, technology, reading, engineering, aesthetic and mathematics. STREAM encompasses knowledge, skills and values that we generally try to impart among our children through the activities we plan and execute. The early reading and writing skills, early science process skills, basic engineering thinking, early mathematical thinking, basic technological skills and appreciation of the aesthetics are competence that we try to instill among our children, but we believe that it need to be done in an integrative manner and not piecemeal, thus the theme of this conference is ‘Nurturing and developing the early STREAM competence in young children’. We hope that at the end of the conference we can bring home with us good and meaningful knowledge and experience to be applied and shared.

We have put in great effort in bringing together a group of capable and renown international and local speakers, facilitators and panels to share with us their experience and thoughts. It should not be an opportunity to be missed. We welcome all of you to join us in this conference, not only ECCE educators, carers and researchers but also the advocates and parents. We believe parents play a big role in nurturing our children in STREAM, thus we have renown speakers on parental educators with us too. We like to think that care and education in schools and at home should be in synergy seamlessly.

We have sessions on paper presentation and encourage researchers to send in their abstract for our scientific committee and reviewers to approve and subsequently present in the conference. We wish to accept full papers to enable us to produce a publication after the conference if the response is good.

Please do join us, we look forward to seeing you on 28 and 29 June 2020 ! You will have an unforgettable experience in Penang !

Soo Boon President, MAPECE

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