In the attempt to broaden students’ knowledge in non formal and early children education, students of Master’s Program in Non-formal Education year 2014 held visitation on 23 – 26 August 2015 to the neighbouring countries. Singapore and Malaysia become the destinations, with the focus on Indonesia – Singapore School and Indonesian Embassy for Singapore. In addition, they also visited Faculty of Education, University of Malaya.
With varying destinations to visit, the 28 students and 2 supervising lecturers can gain valuable insight in terms of non formal education in Indonesia – Singapore School; one of which was held on Sunday 23 August 2015. Here, several life skill training are provided, namely make up and beauty training, tailoring training, and other courses and training. Those are available for Indonesian manpower in Singapore who are women in majority.
Teaching and learning process in ISS is really attractive for Indonesian labourers, proven by the high number of participants attending the programs, particularly those held on Sunday.
In addition, the visitation to Indonesian Embassy in Singapore is focused more on discussing the role of the embassy in safeguarding the right of labourers to gain prosperity, and the education system of Indonesian students in Singapore.
On Tuesday (25/8/2015), the third day of the visitation, the team arrived in Kuala Lumpur to continue their agenda in University of Malaya (UM). In this momentous occasion, the team was warmly greeted by Prof. Maryani as the Dean of Faculty of Education, University of Malaya. The students were introduced with learning media for early kids. Here, the students can be acquainted with several teaching props commonly utilized in learning process in early children education.
Through this visitation, the students are expected to really seek for knowledge of various education activities, both in Singapore and Malaysia, so that the knowledge can be applied and shared and become such an inspiration for other students. Thus, the main goal of this visitation can be achieved. (Rofiq)