Under the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative (ECWI), the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) in partnership with UNESCO Bangkok and AECES, will host a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) training of trainers (ToT) for nine countries in the Asia-Pacific region on 21-24 November.
In line with ECWI’s focus to support the professional development of quality early childhood practitioners, ARNEC is committed to facilitating the formation of a regional SEL learning community among early childhood education and care (ECEC) educators. Through this ToT, ARNEC aims to enhance the quality and inclusivity of ECEC in the Asia-Pacific region by training 25 participants to integrate SEL principles into ECEC settings.
The training will be based on the ‘Asia-Pacific ECCE Teacher Training Handbook for Social and Emotional Learning’ developed by ARNEC in collaboration with UNESCO Bangkok. It’s designed to build capacity for pre- and in-service pre-primary and early primary teachers. The 10 modules are based on four themes, including teachers and their well-being; equipping them to build pro-social and responsive classrooms; diversity, inclusion, cultural responsiveness, and equity; and SEL measurement and assessment.
The handbook was created in response to the widespread recognition of the importance of SEL and the lack of contextually relevant programs for educators to teach SEL in the Asia-Pacific region.