HONG KONG, Nov. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — With the generous support of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, Ednovators, a local charitable platform for educational innovations and program host of the Jockey Club ‘Ednovation Fest’ (‘Ednovation Fest’), is hosting a series of activities to promote innovative education, including today’s Social Enterprise Summit 2018 Education Symposium (SES 2018), with guest speakers: Professor Cheng Kai-ming, Emeritus Professor, Division of Policy, Administration and Social Sciences Education, The University of Hong Kong, and Dr. Elliot Washor, renowned educational innovator, co-founder of Big Picture Learning in the U.S. and one of the HundrED’s most inspiring global educators for 2019.
(From right) Ms. Ada Wong, Director of Ednovators, Dr. Elliot Washor, co-founder of Big Picture Learning in the U.S., Professor Cheng Kai-ming, Emeritus Professor, The University of Hong Kong, and Ms. Tracy Chan, Executive Director of Ednovators explore opportunities for educational innovations.
The Need for Cross-sectoral Collaborations and Reinvention of Education
Under globalization, the revolution of information technology and innovation-based economy, the world is changing at a rapid scale and pace. SES 2018’s theme entitled, "Co-creating Innovation in Education", echoes with the Ednovation Fest’s slogan, which is to "Unite and Reinvent Education!". Both innovative events connect educators, government, corporate, NGO representatives and parents who are looking for educational innovations which can empower young people and nurture future leaders.
Educators Cheng Kai-ming & Elliot Washor lead symposium
At the symposium, Professor Cheng Kai-ming shared, "Nowadays, students learn inside and outside schools. Recent developments in the Science of Learning try to start from a student-centric learning approach and conduct holistic studies on different kinds of learning elements at every stage of students’ growth and development. These studies aim to support, reconfirm, adjust and improve the traditional teaching and learning values, and provide educators with a clearer direction on innovative pedagogies; giving students a voice in education and encouraging them to become proactive learners."
Dr. Elliot Washor shared about his 40-year innovative education work experience with participants at the symposium. Twenty-three years ago, he co-founded Big Picture Learning and Met Center in the U.S. with aims to listen to students’ needs, understand their interests, and recognize their individuality. He believes that, "Students’ success should not solely be determined by their academic achievement at school; rather, their successes, be it academic or non-academic, should also be fully acknowledged by society."
Dr. Washor will be holding another seminar at the Ednovation Fest’s Experiential Days, which starts tomorrow on November 24. He will join the officiating guest Dr. Roy Chung Chi-ping, Chairman of Vocational Training Council, Mrs. Gloria Leung Chan, Consulting Principal of Kau Yan School (Primary), Ms. Ada Wong, Director of Ednovators, and Mr. Arnold Chan, Founder & CEO of Teach for Hong Kong, to innovate together with parents and schools and address changing needs in education for the new generation.
The Experiential Days will take place on November 24 and 25, with a series of activities such as innovative education, STEM education, learning by doing, community learning, inclusive education, life education as well as physical and mental health, all of which aim to help re-imagine education and create better teaching and personalised learning with teachers, students, parents and children.
Details of the Experiential Days can be found on: www.ednovationfest.hk/exp-days-2018
About Jockey Club ‘Ednovation Fest’
Exhibit local and global innovation in schools — Jockey Club ‘Ednovation Fest’ (‘the Fest’) is a pioneer showcase of local and global innovations in education. Year-round events include seminars and panel discussions led by local and overseas scholars and social and education pioneers, workshops and incubation programs, which aim to catalyze education innovations. The Fest facilitates dialogues between schools and tri-sector pioneers to co-create betterment in education through innovations.
This year’s theme is "Unite and Reinvent Education!". The Fest calls for more collaborations to catalyze innovations in education in response to the changing needs in and for the 21st century and beyond. The three focuses of Ednovation Fest are: Learning Diversity, Multiple Pathways, and Teaching & Learning Innovation.
The Fest is hosted by Ednovators, co-organized by Ediversity, Good Lab and HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, and generously supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.
Ednovators is a charitable platform in Hong Kong working collaboratively with education practitioners and tri-sector pioneers to catalyze innovations in education.
Founded in 2015 by a group of Hong Kong educators, creative practitioners as well education and social entrepreneurs, Ednovators has clear goals in education innovations which aims to co-create and foster a more student-centric learning environment for a younger generation in the 21st century and beyond.
Ednovators strives for practical innovations in education. Through collaboration with education and tri-sector pioneers, we call for an enabling learning environment for students who develop and learn in different ways and at a different pace, as well as nurture change makers for innovations in education.
EDiversity is a parent-initiated charity that promotes diversity and choice in education based on respecting one simple fact: "Every child is different". Since its first conference in 2014: "We Need Choices", then "We Need a Break!" in 2015, and its latest project: Jockey Club "Learning by Doing" Academy at local primary schools, EDiversity has been showcasing and enabling education possibilities to encourage parents, teachers and the community to rethink on education, and take action to bring happiness back to learning for our children.
The Good Lab is Hong Kong’s first Social Innovation hub, and founded by seven key players in the Hong Kong social innovation ecosystem: Dialogue Experience, Hong Kong Social Entrepreneurship Forum, Make A Difference Institute, Social Enterprise Summit, Social Ventures Hong Kong, Education for Good and Solutions On Wheels.
In the last four years, they have built a community of changemakers at the co-working space by providing learning programmes and experimentation opportunities for the development of innovative ideas. Good Lab ignites interest and encourages tri-sector collaboration to solve complex social and environmental problems through their Social Innovation Academy.
Planned and operated by Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture, HKICC Lee ShauKee School of Creativity (HKSC) opened in 2006. It is a Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS) senior secondary school devoted to actualizing creative education through the studies of art, design, media and culture. Students can choose to take both DSE subjects and an accredited Level 3 Diploma in Creative Arts (DCA) as dual track, or just the DCA. It is hoped that HKSC students will embrace happy learning and creative life within and without the campus. Upon graduation, students articulate to tertiary studies in the field of arts, and creative industries, and as independent and compassionate young people with creative and critical thinking.
Sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
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