Kampong Konversations: The Art of Listening to Children

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Join Dr Barbara Piscitelli, Jennifer Loh, and Steven Chia on listening to children's voices and its impact.

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Listen to renowned researcher and arts consultant Dr Piscitelli as she shares her experiences throughout her career championing children and their voices, where she builds her collection of children's stories through their artworks, and advocates for the engagement of children as cultural citizens. The session also delves deeper into how these engagements have impacted the children, their families and communities.

Steven Chia of Channel News Asia also joins us as a guest speaker, as we talk about children's voices, learning to listen and listening to learn -- why that's important for the development of our children and our society going forward.

Hosted by Jennifer Loh.

This programme includes a live Q&A towards the end of the session.

About the Speaker

Dr Barbara Piscitelli

Dr. Piscitelli began her career as a teacher of young children, and then spent more than 20 years working as an early childhood lecturer and researcher in the university sector. Her work focuses on children as cultural citizens, and explores cultural policy and early childhood visual arts education. Barbara currently consults in the arts and cultural sector, works directly with children and communities, and collects and curates children’s art.

Dr. Piscitelli served on the Council of the National Museum of Australia (2008-2014) and the Board of the Queensland Museum (2005-2014). For her work on behalf of children and culture, she received the Chime Bell Award from the Hubei (China) Provincial Government in 2015, and was recognised in the Australia Day 2006 Honours as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

About the Guest Speaker

Steven Chia

Steven Chia, Presenter/Senior Editor, Channel News Asia. Steven has over two decades of experience in the media industry. He started as an Assistant Producer at ESPN STAR SPORTS and over the years worked his way up to his current role at Channel NewsAsia.

Steven helms Talking Point – a show that looks at the hottest issues in Singapore and is probably best known for his time on AM LIVE! This was one of Channel NewsAsia’s highest rated shows which aired every weekday morning.

About the Host

Jennifer Loh

Jennifer Loh is a mother to 2 teenagers, a social entrepreneur, a certified life coach and a registered yoga teacher. Born in Singapore, she spent over 10 years in the US, graduating in Business Economics at UCLA and later on worked in real estate investments and development in San Diego.

Jennifer is the co-founder and Board Director of Playeum, a Singapore-based charity that champions creativity and confidence in children through play and the arts, and the executive producer of a children-inspired global music project, Search for the Sparkle.

Note: We will be recording this programme and screenshots will be taken.

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Organiser Playeum Ltd

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Playeum is an independent charity organisation (IPC) that creates equal opportunities for children in Singapore to develop creativity and confidence through play and the arts. In particular, we work with children from marginalised backgrounds and children with varying disabilities.

We hold safe and non-judgemental spaces for children to have a voice and be heard, as well as to build 21st century life skills such as critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. Through this, children are empowered to thrive and be the best versions of themselves.

Our work also supports adults in becoming powerful creative facilitators for children as we shift mindsets to seeing children as creative and competent. Over the past year, we have reached out to more than 2,200 children and adults through our impact work.

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