Jointly run by SUSS’ Centre for Chinese Studies and S R Nathan School of Human Development, the sixth Singapore Early Childhood Education Chinese Symposium took place virtually on 10 September 2022 and saw an audience of 350 people.
The theme of this year’s symposium was “Turning Challenges into Opportunities: Rethinking Early Childhood Education amid COVID-19”.
Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, SUSS President, highlighted in his welcome address that Singapore had pushed to improve the Early Childhood Education (ECE) curriculum and delivery amid the global pandemic by revising the Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) Framework.
Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, SUSS President, delivering his welcome address.
“Preschool education enables the holistic development of young children and lays the important foundation for lifelong learning. With preschool education being made available to all our children, every child has the best springboard to develop and realise potential, enabling progress in every sector of our population, be this in terms of ethnicity, social or economic status, family circumstances, and so on,” Professor Cheong remarked.
He concluded his speech by announcing the launch of the ECE Chinese e-journal Xin You Yue Bao (新幼跃报), which presents the latest development and theories in ECE, international practical experiences and studies in preschool education.
Associate Professor Sin Joo Ee, SUSS Head, Master and Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education (Chinese) and chief editor of the e-journal, has been working on this open-access journal with her editorial team in the past year. Download the inaugural issue here.
Associate Professor Sin Joo Ee called for contributions to the second issue of the newly launched ECE Chinese e-journal Xin You Yue Bao.
The symposium invited two scholars and experts in both theory and practice in the early childhood education sector as keynote speakers. There were also two practitioners who shared their experiences in redesigning and implementing innovative curriculum in the face of COVID-19.
Professor Jiang Yong from East China Normal University delivered his keynote presentation.
Keynote speaker Professor Jiang Yong from East China Normal University, discussed why cultural existentialism pedagogy should be incorporated into preschool education and how it can holistically engage the young learner to reflect on how knowledge is constructed within cultures.
The other keynote speaker Dr Ge Hui, CEO of 3&3 International Education Corp, explained how their non-profit kindergartens adjusted their curricula and provided support and resources to parents to make sure that children could learn at home effectively through online and offline activities.
Keynote speaker Dr Ge Hui is the CEO of 3&3 International Education Corp.
主讲人葛慧博士是三之三国际文教机构的执行长。 Wu Ying, Principal of Shanghai Putuo Yichuan Yicun Kindergarten, shares her experience.
Wu Ying, Principal of Shanghai Putuo Yichuan Yicun Kindergarten, shared how she and her team revamped the curriculum to focus more on the students’ social and emotional competencies, and to develop their aesthetic sense and creativity.
Xie Meng, SUSS Master of Education in Early Childhood Education (in Chinese) student, shared how the organisation she works at turned challenges posed by COVID-19 into opportunities in five areas, namely the inquiry of the children, the relationship of families and schools, the growth of educators, reflections of curriculum specialists, and innovation of the organisation.
Xie Meng, who works as a curriculum specialist at EtonHouse International Education Group, shares the positive outcome of a revised approach to teaching.
During the two Q&A sessions, the speakers answered questions from the audience by sharing practical methods and resources that would enhance curriculum planning and delivery of lessons, and a lively discussion ensued.
Watch the recording of the symposium here.