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“Social-emotional learning through play:
Helping children stay connected in times of challenges”

Result Announcement Online Symposium

Date: 22 February 2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Language: Cantonese (English with Chinese subtitles for Keynote Speech One) 
Mode: Online

Enquiry: Tel: +852 4610 2400 / Email:

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We are honoured to have Professor Nirmala Rao, Faculty of Education, HKU and Dr Patrick Ip, LKS Faculty of Medicine, HKU to be the keynote speakers. Their speeches will highlight the importance of interactive play in children 's learning and health.

The symposium will also feature three workshops with the following themes:

  • How to use games as an intervention for enhancing parent-child communication and relationship

  • Practical ideas for fostering home-school collaboration and playful teaching with school-based examples of play education practices

  • How social play interactions can break boundaries and bring people together


Opening Remarks
By Dr Sylvia LIU,

Project Director, Jockey Club “Play n Gain” Project

Opening Address by Guest of Honour
By Mrs CHAN SIU Suk-fan,

Deputy Secretary, Education Bureau, HKSAR

Workshop 1 
Better Parent-child Communication Through Play

By Ms Denise POON,

Lead Trainer, Jockey Club “Play n Gain” Project

Workshop 2 
Be Play-ready and Teach with Ease

By Ms Phoebe HUI,

Training Manager, Jockey Club “Play n Gain” Project

Workshop 3 
Play, connect and have fun: How it works for society

By Ms Cecilia LEE,

Community Service Manager, Jockey Club “Play n Gain” Project

Closing Remarks
By Dr Sylvia LIU,

Project Director, Jockey Club “Play n Gain” Project

About the Speaker(s)

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Professor Nirmala Rao

Nirmala Rao is Serena H C Yang Professor in Early Childhood Development and Education, Chair Professor of Child Development and Education, and Director of the Consortium for Research on Early Childhood Development and Education (CORE), Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong (HKU).  Her research on early childhood development and education in Asian cultural contexts has been recognised internationally. Professor Rao has conducted research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on child and adolescent development around the world.

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Dr Patrick Ip

Dr Patrick Ip, Paediatrician, Clinician Scientist and Clinical Associate Professor at HKU with expertise in Child Health and Development. Dr Ip has been awarded the Hong Kong Humanity Award in 2020, Outstanding Asian Paediatrician in 2022 and is the President of The Hong Kong Paediatric Society.


Dr Ip will speak on Social-Emotional Development and Health of Children and how they may have been impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. In his Keynote Lecture, Dr Ip will explain why interactive play is an effective means for parents to communicate and bond with their children and what adverse effects may result if this parental role is not fulfilled.

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