A Pioneering Journey in Early Childhood Education. Our CEO & Schools Supervisor, Dr Betty Chan’s interview with Hong Kong’s leading newspaper
Last weekend, Dr Betty Chan Po-King, our CEO and supervisor of YCIS Beijing, gave an insightful interview on her life in education to the South China Morning Post.
When Dr Chan took over her mother’s school in the 1970s and launched the kindergarten, she was told that open classrooms and playful learning could never work. But Chan’s kindergarten soon became one of the top schools in Hong Kong. Its success, explains Chan, is based on the insight that children learn best when supported, not directed, by a teacher. This principle now guides all YCIS kindergartens.
The Yew Chung approach to early childhood education is distinctive. Children are treated as capable, autonomous learners with valuable ideas. ‘Strong adult-child relationships have always been at the core of our approach,’ helping optimise children’s learning and development.
Chan has bold visions for the future of Yew Chung. With the anticipated launch of Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education, the organisation will soon provide education ‘from B to B’ (Baby to Bachelor’s). In addition, Chan hopes that it will allow the pedagogy to expand, setting a standard of excellence in early childhood education that everyone can access, and generating a lasting impact on society.
Job Skills and Life Lessons: Year 11 Internship Programme
At Yew Chung International School of Beijing, the Student Support Services Department offers a comprehensive network of resources to help students both during their academic careers and in their lives beyond graduation. Nestled between the completion of IGCSE examinations and the summer holidays, the YCIS Beijing Year 11 Internship Programme is one example, as it provides students with real-world work experience and connections that they can utilise later in life.
The article originally published in Time Out family Magazine.
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The Art of Struggling
Originally published in Beijing Kids magazine, YCIS Beijing Year 13 students Annie Ding, Echo Liu, and Ian Zhao join Kin Lam, director of interior design firm Inkmason International, for creative tips as they prepare their art portfolios for university applications.
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Seeds of Hope: Spreading Love and Charity
Yew Chung International School of Beijing staff and students recently took a trek several hours south of Beijing to spend the day at their Seeds of Hope partner school in Xilian. Established after the devastating Sichuan earthquake in 2008, Yew Chung's Seeds of Hope Charity has built multiple schools in rural areas around China with the purpose of giving local students access to better educational opportunities and the hope of a brighter future. The charity also supports local schools by providing teaching resources, teacher training and facilities improvements, such as with the Xilian School.
Making Museums Meaningful (And Fun!)
At Yew Chung International School of Beijing, part of the unique Learning Community model
Oobleck, Slime and Science
Autumn is the perfect time of year to put a seasonal spin on favourite experiments.
Upgrading Education for the Future
YCIS Beijing was recently featured in the American Chamber of Commerce in China’s Business Now magazine.
The Link Between Global Citizenship and Environmental Stewardship
This month’s article focuses on Global Citizenship education, a cornerstone of Yew Chung International School of Beijing’s teaching philosophy that seeks to instill a mindset of responsible action aimed towards care and sustainability of the planet and its peoples.