The Right to Play — Supporting Learning in the Early Years


WHEN March 15, 2021
3-4:30 PM WHERE Online via Zoom WHO Global TIES for Children Open to the Public

Join NYU Abu Dhabi's Global TIES for Children Research Center and the Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority (ECA) for this interactive session "The Right to Play | Supporting Learning in the Early Years," in celebration of Emirati Children's Day 2021. This session, hosted in both Arabic and English* will feature comments from ECA's Executive Director, Eng. Thamer Al Qasimi, and NYU Abu Dhabi's Vice Chancellor, Mariët Westermann. Through this engaging webinar, participants will learn from local expert, Dr. Suha Al Hassan from the Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority and the Co-Director of Global TIES for Children, Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa on the importance of learning through play, cultural influences on play and how play influences early childhood development. Dr. Yoshikawa will also share evidence-based strategies for practitioners, parents, and caregivers to support learning through play for young children, especially in the time of COVID-19. 

This session is aimed at a general audience including practitioners, parents, and caregivers. 

* The session will have live, simultaneous audio translation into both Arabic and English through Zoom. 


Time Session
3–3:15pm Welcome and introduction to session, overview of Emirati Children's Day, and the theme of the Right to Play
3:15–3:30pm Suha Al Hassan — how culture influences perceptions on play in the UAE/Abu Dhabi
3:30–3:40pm Welcome, Mariët Westermann, Vice Chancellor, NYU Abu Dhabi
3:40–4:10pm Hirokazu Yoshikawa — the science behind learning through play and evidence-based strategies to support early learning in COVID-19
4:10-4:30pm Q&A
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  • Thamer Al Qasimi, Acting Executive Director, Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority
  • Mariët Westermann, Vice Chancellor, NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Co-Director, Global TIES for Children and Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education at NYU Steinhardt
  • Suha Al Hassan, Early Childhood Development Expert, Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority


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