Educational Conference in China: Insights From WildChina Education

Truth be told, April was a whirlwind of activity here at WildChina Education , leading up to the break:
  • The ACAMIS Spring Leadership Conference in Hangzhou
  • The World Heritage Research and Travel Seminar in Quanzhou
  • The China Festival of Education in Shanghai
  • The OFFSEAS Conference in Thailand
It’s been a month filled with enriching engagements both domestically and internationally.
These conferences serve as a litmus test for brand recognition, and it’s gratifying to see WCE widely recognized in different regions and among international school educators.
We were even invited to deliver a sharing session at the ACAMIS Conference, a testament to the growing prominence of WildChina Education. 
Participating in these events isn’t just about showcasing our brand; it’s also about learning from industry experts. We’ve gained invaluable insights that we’re excited to share with you!

1. ACAMIS Spring Leadership Conference

The Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS) is a non-profit association consisting of more than 50 international schools across Eastern Asia. It aims to expand opportunities for students in various fields such as sports, arts, and culture.

Our team members Tom, Daniel, and Andrea participated in the ACAMIS Spring Leadership Conference themed “OPPORTUNITIES TO BUILD: Futures, Leaders, Spaces & Lives,” discussing topics like nurturing optimal learning environments and fostering stakeholder leadership.

This year, we were proud to host an exclusive WCE session led by Daniel. He discussed the significance of service learning in China, emphasizing the need to ensure its genuine impact by shifting from student-focused to outcome-focused service learning.

Daniel

Building True Service-learning Projects in China:
From Student-focused to Outcome-focused 
How can we ensure that community service truly makes a difference in China? Our approach involves a fundamental shift from focusing solely on students to prioritizing tangible outcomes.

Our goal is to effectuate changes that genuinely benefit local communities. To achieve this, we advocate for a collaborative approach where schools and providers engage in thorough discussions to identify the most pertinent projects. By involving all stakeholders in the dialogue, we gain insights into the specific challenges facing communities and how schools can address them effectively.

The ultimate result might not always be grandiose or attention-grabbing, but it invariably addresses the most pressing needs of the local community.

It’s worth mentioning that we launched the special tree planting initiative “You Paint, We Plant” at the ACAMIS conference. This initiative underscores our commitment to sustainability, a core aspect of our organizational ethos. Our dedication lies in effecting positive change and making impact.

We invited attendees to draw their envisioned trees on the canvas. Each tree symbolized the planting of a sapling in the Liaoning Zhanggutai National Nature Reserve, used to stabilize sand dunes.

In the end, the entire canvas brimmed with hand-drawn trees, exemplifying the collective concern for environmental sustainability. Their enthusiastic participation serves as the ultimate validation and endorsement of our values.

Here’s a little secret: one of the things that sets WCE apart is that we’re really good at giving gifts! This time, we prepared a special seed card for all attendees, featuring three different types of seeds: lavender, tomato, and lettuce.

We believe that as these seeds germinate and flourish over time, they serve as a poignant reminder of WCE’s dedication to sustainable development.

2. World Heritage Research and Travel Seminar

Our director Haena had the privilege to attend the World Heritage Research and Travel Seminar, one of the associated events of the 2024 Fujian Province Cultural and Tourism Economic Development Conference held in Quanzhou.

At the seminar, experts and authoritative officers shared Quanzhou’s rich historical and cultural heritage and how to effectively integrate them into experiential learning curriculum design, truly bringing “cultural heritage to life.”

Haena

World Cultural Heritage as Valuable Study Resources:
Designing Multi-sensory and Multi-level Learning Experiences

Quanzhou boasts an incredibly rich world cultural heritage, offering an invaluable repository for experiential education. I greatly admire the efforts of the Fujian government and the Quanzhou Cultural and Tourism Bureau in fully exploring the cultural wealth of this ancient port, unveiling its multicultural and multiethnic history.

WildChina Education has already conducted several successful experiential learning expeditions in Quanzhou. The guidelines shared during this seminar have profoundly inspired us, particularly on how to design multi-sensory, multi-level learning experiences for students.

By a stroke of luck, Haena also appeared as a guest in the Quanzhou episode of “Unboxing China,” a column under China Daily, which was reposted by the official Weibo account of China Daily. This truly made the Quanzhou trip memorable!

3. The China Festival of Education

On April 20, The China Festival of Education, hosted at the Wellington College International Shanghai campus, brought together experts from the international education sector.
Bernice and Sean from WCE were among those in attendance, eagerly soaking in discussions on topics of utmost interest to international educators, ranging from the impact of the latest technologies such as AI on education to strategies for promoting the mental well-being of teachers and students.
Bernice
Navigating the Evolving Landscape of Education:
Self-discovery as a Lifelong KPI 
In the era of AI, the discourse surrounding the choice between being a generalist or a specialist takes center stage. Yet, as articulated by guest speaker Mr. Wan, there exists no singular correct path. What’s imperative is fostering an environment where children are encouraged to explore and experiment extensively from an early age, gradually unraveling their identities and discovering their genuine passions along the journey.Truly, self-understanding stands as the timeless benchmark for individuals of all ages.

In light of this enduring quest for self-discovery, educators play a pivotal role in providing essential support.

This entails crafting enriching outdoor experiences, fostering open and secure learning environments, and nurturing a culture of deep contemplation and problem-solving among children.

There remains ample room for improvement, and it is incumbent upon us to seize these opportunities and strive for excellence in guiding the next generation towards a path of self-realization and fulfillment.

4. The Outdoor Forum for South East Asian Schools

At OFFSEAS in Thailand, Andy explored topics closely aligned with those discussed at The China Festival of Education, focusing on the possibilities of outdoor experiential education.

For example:
How can outdoor education be integrated with global citizenship?
How can outdoor education blend mindfulness and ecology to achieve sustainable development goals?
How can students achieve personal growth through outdoor activities?
How can classroom curriculum be brought into outdoor settings?
Andy
The Most Important Task and Mission for Outdoor Educators:
Combining Safety and Educational Value 
This conference was incredibly inspiring for me. It provided an opportunity for profound and sincere exchanges with outdoor educators and providers from various Asian countries.Based on our shared mission of providing life-changing experiences for students through outdoor education, everyone enthusiastically contemplated and shared strategies for bring challenging outdoor education projects to a successful conclusion and design them to be as educational to students as possible.A standout moment was the riveting testimonies from a panel of international school students, who shared how outdoor education had profoundly shaped their lives. This firsthand account served as a poignant reminder of the transformative power wielded by outdoor education with the right guidance and supervision.
We hope the insights shared by our team members ignite inspiration and reflection among education enthusiasts.Stay tuned for more exciting offline engagements in the coming months! If you wish to grab a limited edition WCE seed card, be sure to follow our updates and meet us in person!

WildChina Education’s April Adventures: Nurturing Learning, Cultivating Sustainability, and Embracing Cultural Heritage

April was a busy month for WildChina Education (WCE), marked by participation in several significant conferences and events. The ACAMIS Spring Leadership Conference in Hangzhou provided a platform for WCE to showcase its commitment to service learning in China. The launch of the “You Paint, We Plant” tree planting initiative underscored WCE’s dedication to sustainability. At the World Heritage Research and Travel Seminar in Quanzhou, WCE explored the rich cultural heritage of the region and discussed strategies for integrating it into china educational tour program. The China Festival of Education in Shanghai offered insights into the evolving landscape of education, with a focus on self-discovery and mental well-being. The OFFSEAS Conference in Thailand highlighted the importance of outdoor educational programs for students and its impact on personal growth and global citizenship. These engagements not only showcased WCE’s brand but also provided valuable learning experiences and networking opportunities. Stay tuned for more exciting updates from WCE!

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