Asian Children's Museum Conference (2008)

Theme: Children's Museums as Bridges of Peace

February 23 to 26, 2008
Manila Hotel, Manila, Philippines

Conflicts can exist in the family, community or nation. Children’s museums can be bridges in understanding these conflicts. We start with the young to help build peaceful adults. To answer this, the Museo Pambata, through a grant from the Japan Foundation, held the 1st Asian Children’s Museum Conference with the theme: Children’s Museum as Bridges of Peace. The four-day conference brought together museum workers, educators, peace builders, parents and students from Asia. Forums, plenary sessions, workshops were held to discuss how children’s museums can build peace in their respective countries.

Speakers: Gail Dexter-Lord (keynote speaker), Annemies Broekgaarden, Bing Baguioro, Ed. D., Isabel Cheng, Nurit Shilo-Cohen, Felipe M. de Leon, Jr., Elizabeth Cordova La'O, Maricel P. Montero, Pornanong Niyomka, Tresnawati Prihadi, John L. Silva, Toshiko Uchiyama, Prof. Thomas van der Walt, Cristina (Nina) Lim-Yuson, Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, Joseph de Vera, Desiree Lleno-Gestiada, Don M. Salubayba, Manolo Silayan, Joselito Tecson

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2nd Asian Children's Museum Conference (2012)

Theme: Children and Climate Change

February 2 to 4, 2012
Manila Hotel, Manila, Philippines

The issue of climate change is one that calls for awareness and immediate action, most especially for the younger constituents of our society. With this in mind, Museo Pambata gathered participants from all over the nation and the world for the 2nd Asian Children's Museum Conference, with the theme “Children and Climate Change,” held at the historic Manila Hotel last February 2 to 4, 2012. This was made possible through a grant from the Japan Foundation-Manila.

Over a hundred participants from different fields came together for a three-day conference to discuss climate change awareness and how to teach children about the role they play in facing the effects of climate change.

Speakers from the Philippines, Japan, South Africa, France, and the USA discussed their projects dealing with issues on climate change and effective methods in imparting this knowledge to the youth. Main theme areas included: Climate change exhibitions for children in Japan, Reinventing Exhibitions on Climate Change, The Gamot Cogon School Initiative, Children's Literature and Climate Change, Children and Coral Reefs, and Children's Perceptions of Climate Change."

Speakers:Meg Burke, Ph.D., Arnel Alipao, Ameline Coulombier, Keiko Kuroiwa, Lilibeth LaO, Maja Olivares-Co, Carla Pacis, Jim Sharman, Lorenzo Tan, Vanessa Tobin, Thomas van der Walt, Felicite Fairer-Wessels, Ph.D., Joy Belmonte-Alimurung, Chips Guevara, Bryan McClelland, Froilan Grate, Alma Quinto, Paolo Abrera, Suzi Entrata-Abrera

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3rd Asian Children's Museum Conference (2014)

Theme: Children and Cultural Diversity

May 29 to 31, 2014
Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

The 3rd Asian Children's Museum Conference was organized by Gyeonggi Children's Museum in Korea, under the theme "Children and Cultural Diversity". The conference aimed to answer the following questions: 1. How can children's museums help promote multiculturalism without causing any tension? and 2. How do we guide children to recognize and accept a multicultural society without prejudice? The conference was held from May 29 to 31, 2014 in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, hosted by the Gyeonggi Children's Museum.

Asia Pacific Children's Museum Conference (2016)

Theme: Peace with the Heart of Aloha

October 19 to 21, 2016
Hawaii Children's Discovery Center
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

The 2016 Asia Pacific Children’s Museum Conference will provide educators and children’s museum professionals with an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices, network with colleagues, and learn from each other by attending valuable presentations related to the topic of “peace education for children.” Diverse presentations are a key component to the success of the Conference and are important in creating a meaningful and content-rich experience for all of the museum professionals and educators who attend. Presentations will address the following: (1)How are educators, children’s museums, and other individuals and organizations promoting “warm-heartedness” in children today?; (2) What are we as educators and children’s museums professionals doing to make an impact on others to shape their view of the world as a global community? and; (3) What big issues regarding human rights and developing social consciousness in children are children’s museums currently focused on?

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Speakers: Loretta Yajima, Pono Shim (keynote speaker), Jake Shimabukuro, Dr. James K. Scott, Lynne Waihee, Laura Huerta Migus, Leslie Swartz, Dr. Sherry Turkle, Maria Cristina “Nina” Lim Yuson, Jinhee Kim, Dr. Marc Brackett, Joerg Ehtreiber, Asmah Alias, Linda Sproul, Carmelea Ang-See, Dr. Alec Couros, Oliver Ye Yang, Shigemitsu Takami, Michael Bradke