HKBU SCE 45th Anniversary International Conference

Wonder and Discovery: Celebrating Nature-based Early Childhood Education


Virtual conference without border.
Come and join us, wherever you are.


Background

Since its establishment in 1975, the School of Continuing Education of the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU SCE) has been devoted to providing quality education. The HKBU SCE is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2020. To mark this special occasion, the international conference Wonder and Discovery: Celebrating Nature-Based Early Childhood Education will be organised on December 4th and 5th, 2020. This is the first international conference of the HKBU SCE funded by the Research Matching Grant Scheme.

This conference is also sponsored by the Kwok Chung Bo Fun Charitable Fund, BLD World Limited and the HeArt Touch Charity Foundation. It will take place online via Zoom video webinar and will be a valuable platform for knowledge transfer and collaboration between educators and researchers.


Introduction

Nature-based learning is a growing phenomenon. Research shows that children who regularly play in a natural environment grow up healthy, happy and smart; therefore, contact with nature should be encouraged from an early age.

There is no doubt that learning through play is crucial for a child’s development and that nature is the best play resource for children. The nature-based educational movement has gained significant support from research in recent years, which has shown that the approach encourages children to connect with nature, awakens their curiosity and exploratory spirit, and helps them respect, value and preserve the natural environment. Children are encouraged to explore the physical world with multiple senses, to discover the fascinating details and phenomena in nature, and to explore their relationship with nature.

In Hong Kong, however, the nature-based learning framework is still in its infancy. It is understood to be a long-term process of holding regular sessions in a woodland or other natural environment to promote a relationship between learners and nature. The main challenges for implementing nature-based learning in Hong Kong are parents' demands for visible positive impact on academic results and acceptance of the prospect of applying the approach in Hong Kong's concrete jungle. Nevertheless, some Hong Kong schools are integrating a nature-based component into their education strategy.

The HKBU SCE 45th Anniversary International Conference will set the stage for further development of nature-based education by bringing together experts from around the world and building awareness amongst practitioners, parents and students of trends in this area. It will provide a unique opportunity for participants to exchange knowledge about nature-based education issues in the Hong Kong and global contexts.


Event Details

HKBU SCE 45th Anniversary International Conference
Wonder and Discovery: Celebrating Nature-based Early Childhood Education
Date: 4 December 2020 (Friday) 11:00am - 6:45pm HKT (GMT+8)
5 December 2020 (Saturday) 9:30am -11:00am HKT (GMT+8)

Keynote Speakers


Prof. Claudia GIUDICI

President of Reggio Children


Ms. Jena JAUCHIUS

Landscape Architect


Mr. Chuen Chi LAI

Assistant Director
(Country and Marine Parks)
Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department


Ms. Yuen Yi SO

Principal Assistant Secretary
(Kindergarten Education_Policy Support)
Kindergarten Education Division
Education Bureau


Dr. Claire WARDEN

Education Consultant

Invited Speakers


Ms. Kam Yuen CHEUK

School Principal
H.K.S.K.H. Tung Chung Nursery School


Mr. Wing Kai LAU

Supervisor
R.T.C. GAIA School


Mr. Yamme LEUNG

Director, Education
WWF-Hong Kong


Ms. Azalea WONG

School Principal
Italian International Nursery & Kindergarten

Programme at a Glance

Day One - 4 December 2020 (Friday)

HKT (GMT+8) Programme
10:45 - 11:00 Registration
11:00 - 11:30 Opening Ceremony
(English)
11:30 - 12:15 Keynote Speeches
Ms. Yuen Yi SO & Mr. Chuen Chi LAI
Q & A
(English)
12:15 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 14:45 Parallel Sessions 1 (Presentation / Workshop / Symposium)
Ms. Mary WONG
(Cantonese)
Mr. Wing Kai LAU
(Cantonese)
Ms. Ancy MAK
Student of the HKBU SCE
(Cantonese)
Ms. Tina NG
Student of the HKBU SCE
(English)
14:45 - 15:15 Break
15:15 - 16:00 Parallel Sessions 2 (Presentation / Workshop / Symposium)
Ms. Azalea WONG
(English)
Ms. Kam Yuen CHEUK
(Cantonese)
Mr. Yamme LEUNG
(Cantonese)
Ms. Ka Wai WONG
Student of the HKBU SCE
(English)
16:00 - 16:30 Break
16:30 - 17:30 Keynote Speech
Dr. Claire WARDEN
Q & A
(English)
17:30 - 17:45 Break
17:45 - 18:45 Keynote Speech
Prof. Claudia GIUDICI
Q & A
(Italian to English simultaneous interpretation)
18:45 End of Day One

Day Two - 5 December 2020 (Saturday)

HKT (GMT+8) Programme
09:15 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 10:30 Keynote Speech
Ms. Jena JAUCHIUS
Q & A
(English)
10:30 - 11:00 Closing Ceremony
(English)

* Remarks: The speakers and the number of parallel sessions are subject to confirmation.

Schedule

4 December 2020 (Friday)
11:00 HKT (GMT+8)

14:00 HKT (GMT+8)

15:15 HKT (GMT+8)

16:30 HKT (GMT+8)
Keynote Speech
(English)


17:45 HKT (GMT+8)
Keynote Speech
(Italian to English simultaneous interpretation)


5 December 2020 (Saturday)
09:30 HKT (GMT+8)

Registration

Applicants are required to submit their applications online.


Registration Fees

Category Rates
General Participant HK$ 100
Student HK$ 50

Conference registration fee includes access to (1) conference materials and (2) ALL sessions.


Financial Aid

Financial aid will be offered. Participants can apply for financial support by sending an email to the Conference Committee (Email: sce45conf@hkbu.edu.hk).


Registration Deadline

1 December 2020


Payment Method

Please make an online payment using VISA/Mastercard/Union Pay. All registration fees will be charged in Hong Kong dollars. For overseas participants, the exact amount of the registration fee will be based on the exchange rate on the date of transaction.


Confirmation of Registration

An official receipt will be sent to the registered email address upon your request. Please allow at least 2 weeks to process the official receipt.


Refund Policy

Payment is non-refundable and registration is not transferable to other parties. There is no option for a partial refund if a registrant does not attend any part of the conference. However, any registration fees paid in advance will be refunded if the conference is cancelled.


HKBU SCE 45th Anniversary International Conference

Registration will not be available during 06:55-07:45 HKT (GMT+8).


Personal Data Collection Statement

The personal data collected will be used by the HKBU SCE 45th Anniversary International Conference Committee for processing your registration. The data will not be disclosed to any other party without your prior consent.

Under the provisions of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, applicants have the right to request access to, and correction of, their personal data. Requests can be made by sending an email to the Conference Committee (sce45conf@hkbu.edu.hk). The University may charge you a fee to cover the administrative cost for data access, while data correction requests will be fulfilled without a fee.


Disclaimers

Every endeavour will be made to follow the arrangements printed in our conference materials. The conference organiser, however, reserves the right to alter the arrangements, without prior notice, due to unforeseen circumstances.

Contacts

HKBU SCE 45th Anniversary International Conference Committee
School of Continuing Education
Hong Kong Baptist University

Address: 2/F, Franki Centre, 320 Junction Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
Tel: (852) 3411 1925
Email: sce45conf@hkbu.edu.hk