The 21st Century Learning Conference is an annual event in Hong Kong where teachers, staff, and school leaders come together to learn, share and discuss current & emerging topics in education with thought leaders, technology, and learning experts, and their peers. With over 650 attendees from 33 countries, it is the event of choice for a diverse international audience. The event blends together inspirational keynotes, practitioner-led workshop sessions, and fun networking opportunities.
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Friday, March 8 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
Innovation Panel: Innovative Programs and Student & Teacher Agency

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HKJC CoCoon STEP: Empowering students through entrepreneurship education
How can schools work with businesses and NPOs to create new ways for students to learn about entrepreneurship?  (Renee Boey)

Can entrepreneurship be taught? The HK Jockey Club CoCoon STEP Program (Student Training in Entrepreneurship Program) now runs in 34 schools and has reached over 5,500 students in Hong Kong secondary schools. This presentation will highlight key elements in designing a successful entrepreneurship program and providing real-world opportunities for students to contribute.

‘You know what, this is kind of helping me’: Students’ experiences of a Hong Kong school-based mentoring programme- Mark Harrison/Lianne Lim - Victoria Shanghai Academy

This is a presentation of research conducted into the effectiveness of a school-based mentoring programme in a Hong Kong secondary school.

Interview data were analyzed thematically and two themes developed: ‘experiencing mentoring’ and ‘experiencing the mentor.’ The mentees, although initially skeptical about mentoring, were surprised by its helpfulness.

Through the development of an informal and collaborative relationship, in which students experienced their mentor as a trustworthy, mature and objective adult, students found an important source of emotional support and practical help which benefited their academic work. Students’ experience was influenced by their mentors’ role in the school, length of service and gender match, and cultural factors may impact the experience of mentoring.

School-based mentoring programmes in a Hong Kong context have the potential to offer emotional and academic support to students.

Our Voice - Nooraine Fazal /Divya   Balagopal- Inventure Academy Bangalore

We will be presenting on Inventure Academy’s Our Voice initiative, a platform for our students to learn how they express their voices/have their say, both in the present and the future world they will inherit.

We started with Our Safety Our Voice (OSOV) in 2014. After a spate of child abuse cases that year, Inventure students reached out to children across socioeconomic groups to hear children’s voices on what safety meant for them. More than 1000 children, across 18 educational institutions and NGO’s participated in the survey we conducted. The findings of the survey were very powerful and compelling and formed the backbone for the Student Charter that the Inventure Academy Charter Committee submitted to the Child Protection Policy drafting committee appointed by the Government of Karnataka. The Government of Karnataka has taken cognizance of the Charter and the recommendations we made have been included in the Child Protection Policy that has been officially proposed for the State.

The following year, in mid 2015, Inventure in partnership with the American India Foundation (AIF) (http://aif.org/about/about-aif/) organized for Indian and American High School students to study the impact of urban development on water. As part of this, Inventure organized a two day Lake Conservation program (Our Lakes Our Voice - OLOV) with the now infamous Varthur Lake (300 acre lake close to our school) as a case study. Students who participated in the case study were disturbed by what they learnt and some of them chose to continue work in the field. The 2015-’16 student coordinator for the OLOV group, Sahithi Pingali, won awards in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) and The International Sustainable World Engineering Energy Environment Project (ISWEEEP) science fairs.

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Tanya LeClair

Elementary School Innovation Coach, American International School of Guangzhou


Mark Harrison

Victoria Shanghai Academy
Mark Harrison is the deputy principal at VSA responsible for overseeing student support services. He has worked in Hong Kong for 18 years as a teacher, counsellor and school administrator.
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Nooraine Fazal

Founding Managing Trustee & CEO, Inventure Academy
Educationist, pro-active citizen, social entrepreneur, sports person and corporate executive, Nooraine Fazal is a multi-faceted individual, who is actively involved in a multitude of initiatives across the city. With a broad range of experience overseas and in India, Nooraine has... Read More →
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Renee Boey

Founder and Educational Director, Baker & Bloom Education Center
In 2014, Renée founded Baker & Bloom, a K-12 education learning center that fosters creative literacy through a variety of classes that range from media literacy to design thinking and STEM. Baker & Bloom empowers students to flourish in a fast-changing world and has prepared for... Read More →
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Lianne Lim

Secondary School Counsellor, Victoria Shanghai Academy

Friday March 8, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm GMT+07
N208 2nd Floor, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre