Buddhism and Early Childhood Education

Learning is a crucial process for personal growth and human development which requires long-life time. Education is one institution to provide both formal and informal learning. Quality and efficient education not only provides knowledge and skills to the learners, but also teaches moral, ethics, and builds quality humans. Education needs to begin in early childhood, and there needs to be the continuing learning on both home and school. Early childhood education in this paper includes all learning that is provided by parents and teachers in both at homes and schools to stimulate learning with morals and ethics. On this paper will be focused on creating moral environment and motivating moral learning from prenatal stage to early years of life. Later on, we'll be presenting in this paper the roles of parents, teachers and Buddhism that create an environment to enhance the child’s personal growth and moral development. Also, we'll discuss how Buddhist teachings can be applied to one’s life to create quality humans since prenatal stage. Eventually, we'll be introducing the method for parents and teachers to apply Buddhism to early childhood education by dividing the stages of life as before pregnancy, pregnancy stage, infant and toddler stage (birth-2years) and preschool ages (2-6 years).

Learning, Buddhist Teachings

Early Childhood Learning

Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

  • Mr. Shimo Sraman
    • Member, Buddhist Organisation, Bangladesh Buddhist Federation, Thailand Thailand
    • Venerable Shimo Sraman was born in 1990, Bangaldesh. He was ordinated as a Buddhist Monk in 2008 and became an exclusive member of the Supreme Sangha Council, Bangladesh. He obtained B.A Hons. with the department of Buddhist Studies at Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Ayutthaya, Thailand. In 2015, he was appointed to play an active role in the missionary activities at northern Bangladesh, particularly to work on socio-cultural and education development of neglected peoples, and taught them to develop their ethical aspects for resolving conflicts in daily life. In 2016, he was appointed as a teacher at Wat Mai Amatarot School, Bangkok when he was coming back in Thailand. Right now, he is pursuing an M.A degree at the same university where he was graduated.