Proceedings of The 2nd International Conference on Social Science, Humanities and Education
fathers’ involvement in early childhood education in Indonesia
This study is explored the importance and the challenge of fathers’ engagement in early years education in Indonesia. Previous research highlight that the fathers’ involvement in children education could give positive feedback for both the father and the children. Participation of fathers in various children activities can promote fathers’ awareness about their values towards their children. In Indonesia, the father presence at school remains invisible compared to the mother. Further, this exploration also found that the role of educator at school became one of an important thing to engage fathers’ participation in their children education. Initiation of inviting fathers in children education needs to be started from the educators and teachers at schools. It is worth to consider for the school as an institution to learn how to engage fathers’ participation in their children education in school-based and home-based activities. The study found that father with young children in Indonesia has a positive attitude towards their children’s education. The domination of female presence in a children education setting is limiting fathers to participate in child education. Also, socio-culture, tradition, time limitation due to working hours, father’s income, and education background of father affect fathers’ involvement in child education.
Keywords: Children education, early childhood education, fathers’ involvement, Indonesia.