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Disrupting Systems – Have you managed to do it?

Caroline Hudicourt - Haitii

Systemic racism and inequality are devastatingly still alive in ECD spaces – academia, funding, leadership opportunities, etc. Discussions by the Race, Racism, Equity and Diversity (RRED) Working Group of the World Forum have recently centred around how to disrupt the existing unequal power structures in ECD. Many of us are not aware of how to […]

Celebrate International Women’s Day: Courage for Our Times

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“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” —Anonymous WoFo Global Café had a conversation on March 8th, 2024 celebrating what women can, must, have done and will do to change the world. To receive future notifications about WoFo Global Café conversations, please subscribe to notifications here.

Artificial Intelligence and Early Childhood Education

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On March 13th, 2024, we met in the café for an overview of AI applied to ECE, and an exploration of different hands-on applications! This unique session was dedicated to exploring the innovative realm of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Early Childhood Education. How will AI transform our educational practices? To receive future notifications about WoFo […]

Tuning in to Children: What Do We Learn When We Really Listen?

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How do we remember feeling as children when adults really listened to us—or didn’t? Now we’re the adults, so how do apply our own childhood experiences as we work with children? How do we create safe spaces for authentic sharing and listening? Do we listen to the many voices children use to express their ideas? […]

Climate Change, Young Children and the World Forum Community

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On February 14th, 2024, we explored ways the World Forum Community can continue to build awareness and action on climate change and young children, including our work before, during and after the 2024 World Forum in Vancouver. Sheldon Schaeffer of the Asia-Pacific Regional Network on Early Childhood and Kirsten Haugen of the World Forum Foundation […]

Children and the COP28 Climate Summit


On January 31st, 2024, we had an engaging conversation about the impact of climate change on children. Joe Waters, co-founder of the global think tank, Capita, recently attended the COP28 Climate Summit in Dubai. He shared his insights on the activity and the outcomes of the Summit, particularly on actions taken regarding the impact of […]

Men in ECE: “A Man for All Reasons”

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Even in the midst of a global ECE staffing crisis, very few programs are recognizing that half the population is being unrecognized as a potential solution. At this WoFo Global Café, we discussed opportunities to address strategies to identify, recruit and retain quality male early childhood providers. We also explored what people have learned about […]

Sowing Hope and Resilience through Our Stories

On December 13th, 2023 we listened to experienced early childhood educators from around the world as they shared stories of perseverance in the face of professional challenges. Storytellers: Margaret Akinware, Nigeria Kishor Shrestha, Nepal Carol B. Hillman, United States Maria Thereza Marcilio, Brazil As Maria Theresa says:  “Sharing experiences and thoughts and talking with a […]

Technology and Early Care and Education: Part 3

Hello again tech enthusiasts! We met on November 8th to engage in a group creation process using technology. We tried a program called Miro to work together in teams and develop a definition of technology in ECE. We worked together in groups and arrived at some initial ideas. To receive future notifications about WoFo Global […]

What’s Happening for Young Children? Around the World in 60 minutes

Hold on to your hats, we went on a 60 minute whirlwind trip around the ECE world. We heard stories and updates from World Forum leaders on recent developments in their countries impacting young children. Our trip included stops in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. To receive future notifications about WoFo […]

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