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About Symposium

Following the success of the Early Childhood Leadership Summit (ECLS) in Singapore, Rethasia is thrilled to present Jumpstart 2017 (Philippines).

Jumpstart is an Early Years Symposium specially crafted for Early Childhood Leaders, Researchers and Professionals in the Philippines. Our highly-acclaimed speakers are known internationally for excellence in their areas of expertise. Each year, they bring fresh insights along with their latest research and present an unparalleled learning experience to our participants. It is our hope that through this event, the future generation of leaders will be fully equipped to meet the demands of a fast-changing world.

Our inaugural symposium in 2017 will be helmed by World-Acclaimed Evolutionary Psychologist on Play in Early Childhood, Professor Peter Gray.

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Symposium Schedule

Opening of Symposium

Professor Peter Gray

Keynote 1

The Long-Term Harm of Early Academic Training   (read full synopsis)

Morning Tea

Professor Peter Gray

Workshop 1

What do children learn in play?   (read full synopsis)

Networking Lunch


Professor Peter Gray

Workshop 2

How can we restore play to children's lives, in and out of school?   (read full synopsis)

Afternoon Tea

Professor Peter Gray

Keynote 2

The Human Instincts to Learn:  How Children's Natural Curiosity, Playfulness, and Sociability Serve Their Education   (read full synopsis)

Concluding Dialogue

About Our Speaker

World-Acclaimed Evolutionary Psychologist on Play in Early Childhood: Professor Peter Gray

Prof. Peter Gray, research professor of psychology at Boston College, has conducted and published research in neuroendocrinology, developmental psychology, anthropology, and education.  He is author of an internationally acclaimed introductory psychology textbook (Psychology, Worth Publishers), which views all of psychology from an evolutionary perspective.

His recent research focuses on the role of play in human evolution and how children educate themselves, through play and exploration, when they are free to do so.

He has expanded on these ideas in his book, Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life (Basic Books, 2013). He also authors a blog called Freedom to Learn, for Psychology Today magazine.

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Symposium Venue

Henry Sy Sr. Innovation Center (HSSIC)
The Innovatrium
Miriam College

Katipunan Ave, Quezon City
1108 Metro Manila, Philippines

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