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HKBU Early Childhood Education Students Present Papers and Posters in
OMEP World Conference 2016

(Hong Kong, 21 July 2016) 17 students of the Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Early Childhood Education programme offered by the School of Continuing Education (SCE) participated in the 68th Organisation Mondiale pour l’Education Préscolaire (OMEP) World Assembly and International Conference in Seoul in early July. Out of them, 10 were sponsored by the Reaching Out Award granted by the Hong Kong Education Bureau. In addition to interacting with and learning from scholars from around the world, 10 of the students also delivered 8 paper and poster presentations revolving around early childhood education. Moreover, the students visited local kindergartens or early childhood facilities as well as a number of museums to better understand the philosophy of education in Korea.

The 68th OMEP World Assembly and International Conference in Seoul was held at the Ewha Womans University on the theme of “Transforming Early Childhood Systems for Future Generations”, with renowned education scholars from US, Australia and Sweden giving keynote speeches. Led by Dr. Sam Cheung, Assistant Professor and Dr. Janice Poon, Lecturer, 10 SCE students presented eight research reports examining the development of young children’s creativity, language teaching, gifted education and pre-service kindergarten teachers’ attitudes towards inclusive education.

One of the participants, Li Zhi Yu, expressed that she was pleased to engage in various cultural exchange activities such as the welcoming reception, lunch gatherings and the conference banquet, where she exchanged ideas related to early childhood education policies, beliefs and practices with participants from other countries and broadened her horizons.

Students also visited local kindergartens or early childhood facilities, as well as Seoul Children’s Museum, Seoul Education Museum, the Children’s Museum of the National Museum of Korea, and National Folk Museum of Korea to learn more about the education culture and philosophy of the country and take a look at how children are taught knowledge of history, science, art and the nature, etc. through arts and cultural facilities.

Dr. Amelia Lee, Head of Early Childhood and Elementary Education of SCE and OMEP National President of Hong Kong, China, said, “This tour provided an excellent opportunity for our students to exchange ideas with worldwide early childhood educators and scholars at a major international conference, while elevating their research standards and confidence. The visits also inspired their teaching pedagogies and reflections.”

About OMEP World Assembly and International Conference
OMEP is an international, non-governmental and non-profit organisation with consultative status at the United Nations and UNESCO. Founded in 1948, it defends and promotes the rights of children to education and care worldwide and supports activities which improve children’s accessibility to higher quality education and care. It holds annual world conferences as well as regular Asia-Pacific conferences, in which experts, scholars and education practitioners gather to deliver reports and discuss issues about early childhood education and care. The next OMEP Asia-Pacific conference, supported by the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Division of SCE on the theme of “Enhancing the Quality of Early Childhood Education: Policies, Pedagogies and Parent Engagement”, will be organised in May 2017.

Photos of the conference are available for download at http://scepr.hkbu.edu.hk/OMEP2016.

Captions:
Pic_1.jpg: Dr. Amelia Lee, Head of Early Childhood and Elementary Education of SCE and OMEP National President of Hong Kong, China (back row 5th from left), Mrs. Wong Yau Wai-ching, JP, HKSAR Deputy Secretary (Professional Development and Special Education Branch) (back row 6th from left), Dr. Maggie Koong, BBS, OMEP World President (back row 4th from left) pictured with SCE staff members and students.
Pic_2.jpg: Dr. Amelia Lee, Head of Early Childhood and Elementary Education of SCE (back row 5th from left); Dr. Sam Cheung, Assistant Professor (front row 2nd from right); Dr. Janice Poon, Lecturer (front row 1st from left) and students participated in the welcoming reception.
Pic_3.jpg: Students benefited a lot through exchanging ideas with other early childhood educators and scholars in the poster presentation session.

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