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Conference focuses on children’s creativity and skills


Muscat: The Oman Childhood Conference and Expo being held at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre focuses on intellectual giftedness in children and how to support them to reach their full potential.

The three-day conference has brought together experts from Oman, Arab and international countries.

In her opening speech, HH Sayyidah Dr Mona bint Fahd al Said, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for International Relations at Sultan Qaboos University and the Chairperson of the Children First Association said that the minds of children are full of creativity. She said experts have gathered to discuss modern strategies for giftedness. “Gifted children are very important and we should find the best ways to support them,” she said, adding that the theory of giftedness will be looked into,” she said.

The conference will have presentations of 40 papers and 17 workshops in addition to training sessions and recommendations. About 50 exhibitors are participating at the expo repressing public and private sectors in the fields of education, health, and environment.

The conference is also looking at using mentoring to help youth and young adults across the STEMM Talent Development Pipeline.

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is an umbrella term used to group together the distinct but related technical disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

According to Prof Dr. Albert Ziegler, Chair Professor of Educational Psychology and Research on Excellence at the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen, Germany, an enormous pool of untapped and underdeveloped talent and ingenuity exists within science, technology, engineering mathematics, and medical sciences (STEMM).

A highly promising avenue of an educational intervention for helping unlock youth’s and young adult’s potential in STEMM domains is mentoring because it offers an individualised means of supporting the learners that can attend to individual learner’s specific developmental stage and skill level as well as their interests and goals.

Self-regulation for learning is another topic that is being addressed- helping students learn how to learn. As per Dr. Richard M Cash from nRich Educational Consulting, Inc from the USA, critical for college and career readiness are students' personal abilities to appropriately manage their affect, behaviour, and cognition (ABCs).

Self-registration for learning is the ability to effectively balance the ABCs to pursue worthy academic goals. Students who under-perform, struggle to achieve or selectively produce May lack coordination between their feelings (affect), potential learning strategies (behaviours), and Mets- cognitive thought process (imagination).

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