BIEA Representative Delivers Keynote Speech at International Plastics Recycling Conference "ChinaReplas2019"

The 2019 China International Plastics Recycling Exhibition and the 22nd China Plastics Recycling Conference (ChinaReplas2019) was held this week in Suzhou International Expo Centre on 7th - 8th November. The conference, which brought together over 130 exhibitors, was supported by the China Synthetic Resin Association, China Scrap Plastic Association, and the European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisation. Alex Zhang, International Development Director of the British International Education Association (BIEA) was invited to attend and deliver a keynote speech entitled "STEM (Stop) the Tide of Plastic Pollution", alerting the audience to the theme of BIEA 2020 International STEM Youth Innovation Competition and BIEA 2020 STEM Conference.

In his speech, Alex referred to the technological revolution over a hundred years ago that resulted from the invention of synthetic plastics but he also highlighted how the revolution that was intended to benefit people has triggered today's environmental disaster. BIEA is committed to encouraging youth to use technology to find solutions to tackle contemporary social and environmental issues and recently announced the theme of the 2020 International STEM Youth Innovation Competition "STEM (Stop) the Tide of Plastic Pollution". The competition challenges young people to use science and technology to solve the problem of plastic waste in our oceans, in line with the rationale and ethos of "ChinaReplas2019".

The annual BIEA International STEM Youth Innovation Competition targets young people aged 9-21. Each year the competition has a different theme, which addresses a worldwide environmental or social issue. Competitors are required to use STEM to find solutions, integrating humanity with science and technology. The competition comprehensively trains and enhances STEM skills in young people through technical report writing, oral presentation, technical development, mission execution, evaluation and teamwork.

BIEA and China Synthetic Resin Association, the organiser of ChinaReplas2019 have recently begun a strategic partnership which aims to encourage young people to address the problem of plastic pollution via STEM. The two organisations will work together to promote the BIEA 2020 International STEM Youth Innovation Competition, jointly organising youth activities on the theme of plastics and establishing education exchange platforms and training in the field of plastics for young people, both in China and globally.


BIEA STEM – New Partnership in China Announced

China Soong Ching Ling Science and Culture Centre for Young People Joins BIEA in Developing STEM Education across China

British International Education Association (BIEA) is pleased to announce a partnership with Soong Ching Ling Science and Culture Centre for Young People (SCLSCC) on the BIEA 2020 International STEM Youth Innovation Competition.

The competition aims to inspire young people globally to study STEM subjects and consider a career in STEM, engaging them in a global enterprise, which is rooted in equal opportunities and educational development. The theme of the 2020 competition, "STEM the Tide of Plastic Pollution" addresses one of the most urgent environmental issues the world faces today. Challenging young people to utilise science and technology to tackle this problem encourages them to consider ambitious yet realistic approaches to the care and conservation of the planet and empowers them to have a meaningful impact, working towards creating a better future for the world, together.

As BIEA’s strategic competition partner in Mainland China, SCLSCC will deliver a regional model of the international competition across the country, engaging the largest education system in the world, which encompasses around 250 million students in well over 500,000 schools. This means that potentially millions more young people aged 9-21 will have the opportunity to develop their STEM learning and many more transferable skills, while the competition and programme itself expands even further internationally. Competitors in the Mainland China Regional Competition will also have the opportunity to win places in the international competition final, held in the UK in July 2020 and involving teams from around the globe.

At the signing ceremony on Monday, David Hanson, BIEA STEM Chairman shared the vision for the competition with the audience; he is confident that “our chosen topic will not only illustrate the importance of technological innovation when it comes to environmental protection, but also inspire the next generation of STEM graduates to put their minds to solving these pressing world issues.”

David Hanson presenting BIEA STEM Mission to the audience

BIEA’s mission is to promote British education to emerging international education markets in China, UAE and beyond, working to meet the needs and challenges in international education. BIEA is proud to be working with SCLSCC, an established and esteemed philanthropic organisation that aims to continue the work of Soong Ching Ling, an influential leader and political figure who had, among many other humanitarian pursuits, a life-long and active commitment to the development of education for youth and children.

The competition registration is open to schools across the world: www.bieacompetition.org.uk


BIEA & CPRRA Join Force to ‘STEM the Tide of Plastic Pollution’’ - New international STEM competition partnership announced

25 October, Beijing, China. British International Education Association (BIEA) & China Plastics Reuse and Recycling Association (CPRRA) announced a strategic partnership with the intention of encouraging young people to develop solutions that tackle plastic pollution through STEM. An MoU for the partnership was signed by David Hanson, STEM Chairman of BIEA and Ms Nanqing Jiang, Secretary-General of CPRRA.

The BIEA International STEM Youth Innovation Competition is BIEA’s flagship programme, designed to encourage students between the age of 9 -21 to pursue study and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It presents a unique opportunity to motivate the next generation of leaders who will change the way we explore and connect in the world. One theme is chosen and announced each year (in January) to reflect the pressing issues and challenges in today’s world and how technology could be used in solving these challenges. There are five main components to the competition: report writing, innovation, presentation, Dragon’s Den style pitching and mission execution. With teamwork as the heart of the competition, students are developing critical skills that are essential for the future, no matter what career paths they may chose.

The 2020 competition theme considers the most challenging problem our planet faces today: STEM the Tide of Plastic Pollution.

China Plastics Reuse and Recycling Association (CPRRA) is the largest professional association for the plastic recycling industry in China, representing manufacturers, research institutions and trading companies in the sector. It has made a significant and continuing impact on plastic recycling programmes in China.

Through the unique BIEA International STEM Competition format, both BIEA and CPRRA will reach more young people to actively participate in solving the global plastic crisis. Joint efforts will be focusing on three initial areas in China:

1. BIEA 2020 competition theme technical support
2. Nationwide events for young people raising awareness and participation in plastics recycling
3. Developing a national information platform and associated educational resources on plastics

On the joint partnership, David said 'This is an important milestone in BIEA’s International STEM Competition, with CPRRA, we are bringing STEM education for young people to the forefront of China’s plastic recycling industry.' Nanqing, who was United Nation’s Environmental Programme National Officer in China for ten years, also agreed that the fight against plastic pollution has to be led by the future generation and, with BIEA’s expertise in international STEM education, CPRRA is well on track in its mission to inform and educate young people about plastic waste.

The 2020 competition is now open for registration: www.bieacompetition.org.uk

Details of competition guideline will be emailed to registered schools on 15th January 2020.


BIEA and the reowned British company Nurserybook signed an exclusive cooperation agreement, promoting the internationalisation of EYFS

The British International Education Association (BIEA), a non-profit educational organisation in the UK, has signed an exclusive cooperation agreement with the development company of the UK's well-known educational product Kinderly - the Nurserybook Ltd. BIEA and Nurserybook will jointly launch Kinderly NH app, a digital product for nursery teachers and parents using EYFS (Early Years Education Foundation Stage), the core of the UK's early years basic education system.

The NH in the app title is an abbreviation of Nursery Home, and gives users a sense of its functions. For nurseries, the app will provide teachers with the document recording functions involved in EYFS teaching, such as the EYFS observation table and EYFS evaluation functions. For parents, the app provides an intuitive child development report and will also embed parenting knowledge and instructional videos that are aligned with the latest UK EYFS content, allowing more families to recognise EYFS and benefit from this internationally recognised early years education system.

EYFS is increasingly recognised as an important methodology in the international early years education circle, in nurseries and early years education institutions both in the UK and worldwide. But there are also difficulties in teaching and home communication during the implementation process; the development of the app will help solve these problems. There will be a joint effort to provide authentic EYFS products for nurseries around the world, and BIEA will assist partners to develop according to local needs.

BIEA E-League (Early Years League) members will also be the first users to benefit from the app. E-League is a consortium of British early years providers (EYP) promoted by BIEA. This consortium is dedicated to providing professional education and early years education to other countries and regions in the UK. Since its launch, it has also been committed to providing members with comprehensive product help and support. The development of BIEA-Kinderly NH reflects current trends in the market as well as demonstrating the deep insight of E-League's needs for members.

As the leader of EYFS in the Chinese market, BIEA continues to provide EYFS services to more than 200 homes and EYFS related professional support for 5000+ teachers. Based on the establishment and operation of BIEA China Office, BIEA is familiar with the needs and demand of overseas markets, and has been committed to helping the globalisation of British education.

In BIEA's development strategy, although ELQ (Early Years League Qualification) accreditation is the core of the E-League sector, building a platform to support member development is also the focus of E-League development.

Nurserybook Ltd. has extensive experience in the development of educational products. Kinderly’s well-known products, adhere to the UK EYFS to provide a good life for every child. It also provides a professional and effective digital childcare solution for early years educators.

Combining the strong educational background of one, and the industry-leading educational products of the other, BIEA and Kinderly have jointly developed the Kinderly NH App. This app will provide excellent teaching for nurseries and early years education institutions that practice EYFS education around the world, whilst also being convenient for parents to use in the home.

BIEA has extensive resources in the UK, including some from third-party collaborative suppliers. BIEA is expanding the market overseas and anticipates closer cooperation with the overseas in the future. BIEA welcomes the cooperation of various suppliers and nurseries, and strives to provide authentic EYFS products for nurseries around the world.


BIEA 2020 International STEM Youth Innovation Competition - Theme announced

We are delighted to announce the 2020 BIEA competition theme "SOS - STEM (Stop) The Tide of Plastic Pollution."

As plastic pollution in the oceans and along shorelines is one of the most pressing environmental problems that the world is currently facing, the 2020 BIEA competition will ask teams of school students to come up with innovative solutions.

Work in teams and develop your skills in this brand-new challenge which will get you thinking, researching and creating an engineering solution that can be applied to a real-world problem!

Pre-registration is open now and details of the first round (report writing) will be announced in January 2020. Teams who qualify for the finals will be invited to the UK Finals Event to be held in July 2020.

Register here and be kept updated about the 2020 competition.


Let education happen naturally!

Chengdu-based Inbay Starson Nature Education Garden joins the BIEA E-League

Inbay Starson Nature Education Garden is the latest member to link up with the BIEA E-League. The nursery has successfully integrated the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) teaching system alongside Chinese culture and the Taiwanese conservation system.

Each nursery member that has joined the BIEA E-League has developed teaching characteristics based on the Early Years Foundation Stage concept in the British schooling curriculum.

Development is key

Inbay Starson Nature Education Garden is located in Chengdu, Sichuan province. It covers an area of 9,112 square metres, with a garden area covering 7,400 square metres, giving Inbay Starson Nature Education Garden a reputation of being a true ecological education nursery. The nursery provides professional and standard childcare services for children aged 0-5, bridging classes for children aged 5-6 and natural camp activities for children aged 6-12. The educational concept of “Let education happen naturally” is fully reflected in the teaching services of the entire nursery.

“'Development is Important' is a key theme at the school – and encompasses the seven major areas which increase enthusiasm within the classroom and enable an understanding, creating a favourable environment for EYFS education to flourish.’’

The early years education system in the UK is centred on children - and advocates children's learning and development through the use of games. Childrens' early years education learning goals are achieved through the EYFS teaching cycle and the EYFS key person system, with the BIEA E-League being one of the main projects of the British International Education Association that promotes British style education overseas. Since Inbay Starson Nature Education Garden became a member of the BIEA E-League, the nursery has adapted the EYFS system in order to meet their own needs, by operating a system that integrates EYFS with Chinese culture.

Main Focus

Inbay Starson Nature Education Garden’s main focus is the education of children aged 0-5, however the nursery provides education activities in tandem with nature, tied in with Anglo-Sino integration, for older age groups. The nursery also provides sensory experiences and natural art activities for children aged 3-5, natural life and science activities for children aged 6-8, natural development and physical training for children aged 9-10, and wilderness survival and forest challenge activities for children aged 10-12.

The setting of these thematic activities are closely related to British wildlife education, which is reflected in the EYFS teaching methods. Additionally, Inbay Starson Nature Education Garden sent a key teacher to participate in the BIEA E-League EYFS training in Guangzhou, Guangdong province to equip themselves with EYFS training methods.

Accreditation and training achievements for teachers

At present, Inbay Starson Nature Education Garden's teachers have obtained the nationally recognised nursery teacher certificates. It is anticipated that with a highly skilled team of teachers trained in the BIEA E-League EYFS setting, a rich curriculum resources, and the support of British experts and resources, it will become a highly recognised and outstanding international education centre.

ELQ certification and professional teaching standards

Furthermore, Inbay Starson Nature Education Garden is working towards gaining ELQ certification, while early years institutions working with the EYFS system are eligible for ELQ accreditation from the BIEA. ELQ accreditation works alongside four core standards: an education programme, inclusivity, organisation and management, and children’s well-being. All four core standards are based on a number of key factors, with accreditation taking up to 12 months to complete, subject to an on-site review and assessment.

The BIEA E-League expects Inbay Starson Nature Education Garden to achieve international recognition and a professional ELQ certification in the near future, with professional teaching standards and school quality adhering to the British curriculum.

 


Preliminary ELQ Inspection of the Yubei Royal Care International Kindergarten

Sharron Fogarty, the head of British International Education Association E-League, carried out an initial review of the Royal Care Kindergarten on August the 20th.

Sharron’s initial review examined all aspects of the nurseries procedures – teaching planning, observation record keeping as well as management procedures and teaching methods etc – with reference to Early Years Qualification (ELQ) standards.

Sharron had interviews and discussions with the Director and teaching staff after observing the methods used in the classes.

After this initial review Sharron expressed the expectation that the nursery would become the first EYFS nursery in China to obtain an ELQ.


African Teens STEM Award – Conservation of endangered African wild dogs with drones

On September 3rd 2019, the British International Education Association was delighted to present the ‘Best Participation Award’ to Team Eagles from CEDEC International Secondary School Nigeria for their impressive effort at the annual BIEA International STEM Youth Innovation Competition. The team missed the grand final due to a string of passport and visa issues, but they were determined to make it to London.

In the hour-long session at the historical Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum, 11th Grader Phebe Joshua, Ekene Umegakwe and Abraham Aniekwe gave a presentation of their research project on the Conservation of African Wild Dogs in front of BIEA’s STEM Chairman David Hanson, Sarah Castle, Vernon Creek from the RAF Museum, and Nigerian High Commissioner His Excellency Ambassador George Adesola Oguntade.

The audience learnt about the conservation challenges facing Africa wild dogs and how the team proposes to deal with the issue. Only an estimated 6600 African wild dogs, including 1400 mature specimens, still exist in the wild, in countries such as South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana, Chad, Benin, Central Africa Republic, and Namibia. The species has already gone extinct in Cameroon, Egypt, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, and Burundi.

David commented that the young students' performance showed ‘a level of great maturity and consideration to the current ecological issue facing the world’. The High Commissioner was equally impressed and congratulated the team on their achievement, ‘At these young ages, you’ve already mapped a niche for yourself, I have no doubt that you will become celebrities in no distant time.’

The registration is now open for the BIEA 2020 International STEM Youth Innovation Competition. Please sign up on https://bieacompetition.org.uk/register-your-interest/


Early years teachers fully enjoyed and appreciated the BIEA UK summer study tour

The BIEA summer school on early years education ended on August 19th after nine days of activity. The studying teachers had many discussions with British nursery teachers and principals. They gained an understanding of the curriculum and management practice applied  in British nurseries.

EYFS expert, Claire Berridge, gave a talk on early years British educational practices concerning children under the age of three.

British outdoor education practitioner, Ingrid Chen, gave a lecture regarding the delivery of the curriculum to the study group, with many questions about outdoor education proposed. How do teachers perform risk assessments in outdoor venues prior to a forest themed class? What rules should there be when holding outdoor classes? Is there a classic game related to outdoor education practice?

The teachers attended an outdoor class at London’s Lion Square Park to help them understand what problems could be encountered when delivering such a class.

The study tour has given the teachers a better understanding of the internationally recognised British early years education system and its integration within the EYFS framework. The teachers visited The Little Angel Nursery, a very well-resourced establishment, where they learnt how UK nurseries deal with child accidents and mishaps. At the well-respected Willow Children’s Centre, the study group experienced organising and developing outdoor activities for children. The teachers also had an interview with the Holland Park Pre-Prep Nursery bursar, Phil Chilling, and were given examples of documenting the learning and development details of a child’s growth.

Study abroad enhances a teacher’s understanding of any advances concerning the development of education practice internationally; the British educational framework is one of the most recognised early years educational systems. The BIEA has been organising UK tours for overseas early years educators, which has enabled them to be at the front of current British educational practice. The BIEA anticipates that more visits to British nurseries will be organised to inspire early years teachers from around the world to develop new teaching methods and to support overseas nurseries in implementing the British EYFS framework in meeting BIEA’s Early Years Learning Qualification (ELQ) standards.


A group of Chinese early years teachers were awarded British CPD Certificates after BIEA training

Early years teachers from all over China obtained British Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certificates at a BIEA training course on August 15th 2019.

Sharron Fogarty, BIEA's head of EYFS teaching, delivered the training based on three modules – observation, evaluation, and planning.

The teachers were divided into teams and asked to watch videos of the activities of some children in a nursery. Referring to the publication's “EYFS Aims” and “Development is Important”, the teachers observed the effective learning characteristics of the children and recorded those observations.

Sharron reviewed the observations, then explained and clarified any key points that the teachers had failed to note. Sharron found that the teachers were unfamiliar in linking the EYFS observation record switch the EYFS child development records, she then explained how to link this with the development goals.

Sharron believes that: “This kind of simulation teaching method can quickly test the teachers’ understanding of EYFS related knowledge and help to place that EYFS content closer to the actual teaching needs as well as supporting the Chinese teachers in integrating EYFS methods into their teaching.” Sharron also explained real-time planning for EYFS teaching methods.

The BIEA E-League EYFS themed training conforms to the British CPD standard. Each participating teacher earns CPD credits to prove the depth of understanding of the British EYFS framework that they have achieved. It is important that nurseries with CPD certified teachers advance to take part in the Early Years League Qualification (ELQ) accreditation that is developed by the BIEA.

With the extensive promotion of BIEA accredited nurseries, more teachers will participate in EYFS training and obtain the CPD qualification. BIEA E-League will continue to improve the course content of the EYFS training, thereby enabling more early years teachers to obtain certification, and more nurseries to become ELQ compliant.

The teachers involved in the training also visited the Beijing Royal Care International Kindergarten.