14 students of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) Programme joined a study tour to Brisbane , Australia in June 2016. One major objective of the tour was to participate as volunteers in a biennial festival, namely “Out of the Box (OOTB)” organized by Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Since 1992, OOTB festival has been “a national leader in programming for young children’s creativity and imagination” in Australia, providing a variety of free events, performances and workshops for young children under eight years old. As volunteers, students assisted the set-up and implementation of workshops, navigated school groups and teachers during their visits, and provided general administrative assistance. The practical work allowed students to reflect on their own value of arts and experienced different ways to enhance and nurture children's creativity and imagination. Besides, it was also a wonderful and valuable opportunity for the students to experience the cultural difference through working with the organizer, artists and volunteers from different countries. In addition to volunteer in OOTB festival, the students also visited numerous kindergartens and cultural institutions including museums and art gallery. These visits provided the students with a better understanding of early childhood arts education in Brisbane, Australia.
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2017|