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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.

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  • From Conflict to Peace Building: The Power of Early Childhood Initiatives.  This resource was developed by the World Forum International Working Group on Peace Building with Young Children.  Even though it was published in 2007, the stories and messages included still mostly ring true today.  You can read or download a free pdf version of this publication at
  • Resources from Jackie Bennett presentation:
  • A transcript of remarks by Henry Manani is here:
  • Message from Aye Aye Yee from Myanmar that was read by Bonnie during the conversation:

    “Please extend the prayers to children of Myanmar whose lives have been very much negatively affected by February 2021 as the military take over the administration. The military has since then bombed schools and hospitals, put villages on fire, killed innocents including the young children, took hostage of children for their family members who were running away, so on.

    The previous takeover in 1988 lasted for 14 years till 2012 when the duly elected democratic government was given the power back. We are not sure how this time will last.

    All the gains in the services for young children are very much dwarfed, including the system building efforts.”

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