Welcome Message from OMEP – Hong Kong President

Thank you for visiting the website of the OMEP Asia Pacific Regional Conference 2017.

In celebrating the 25th anniversary of OMEP-Hong Kong, we are proudly hosting the Asia Pacific Regional Conference from the 18th to 20th May 2017 in Hong Kong. This year our theme is “Enhancing the Quality of Early Childhood Education: Policies, Pedagogies and Parent Engagement”.

Promoting children’s well-being, development and education is the passion of every early childhood educator, and is also one of the major goals of OMEP-Hong Kong. It is an exciting time for us as we continue to grow and adapt, remaining top-notch and relevant in the preschool arena. Through this conference, we would like to engage with inspired leaders, experts, scholars and educators in an open and constructive dialogue about early childhood education, with an aim to bridging the gap between policies, pedagogies and parent engagement.

We are honored to have prominent scholars and experts from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Korea and the United Kingdom in keynote lectures and featured forums. They will bring their vision, passion and knowledge, as well as research insights, to share with the fellow delegates. With the conference organized in partnership with the Education Bureau, we anticipate a big turnout from the early childhood education sector and stakeholders. Some 1,000 delegates across the world, with a good proportion from the Asia Pacific region, are expected to attend the conference. School-visit arrangements will be made for conference delegates to get in touch with frontline practitioners. Additionally, parents of young children are invited to a parent seminar, which will be held to disseminate the latest early childhood education research insights to a broader, non-academic public.

The year of 2017 marks both the inception of the Free Quality Kindergarten Education Scheme (FQKES) in Hong Kong, and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. We are very proud of where we are today and excited about where we are headed. Your participation will be a great asset to our continuous effort to affect the provision and development of early childhood education.

We extend our warmest invitation to you to join us in this conference featuring eminent speakers, where you will be exposed to knowledge, information and some of the best practices in early childhood education. We look forward to meeting old friends and making new ones with great pleasure.

As a final remark, let us embrace the new era of FQKES, and be driven by the motto “Children First – Right Start for All”.

Dr. Amelia NY Lee
President, OMEP-Hong Kong
Chairperson of the Conference Organizing Committee