|Meeting teachers at the Puspa Hati ECD Centre, Surabaya. ©UNICEF Indonesia/2015|
I was a ‘drop-out’ of my kindergarten in Korea many years ago. I would always fight with the boys and one day just decided to stop going. But I did well in my education so went on to underestimate the value of Early Childhood Development (ECD).
However, I realise now that I was so lucky to have a mother who read me books and taught me how to count. So, even though I dropped out of the Kindergarten, I did get appropriate early childhood education at home. This is not the case for many children around the world, especially children who are in marginalised and poor families in Indonesia.