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Race and Equity Around the World
A Discussion Series in Bonnie’s Global Café

Please scroll down to view all conversations within this series. 

Part 1: Race And Equity Around The World

What are the global issues about race? How can we support anti-racism, anti-bias, empathetic activism in ourselves and in each child? How can we use what we learn from our own experiences and the stories of others to strengthen us to be part of building a better world? Duane Dennis, Jackie Bennett, and Petr Torak shared stories and insights to stimulate our discussion. The World Forum is building a community where safe conversations happen on the pathway to even deeper connections and learnings.

Part 2: Focusing On Refugee Children And Families

This conversation took us deeper into issues of human rights, fundamental to the agenda for BGCafé. As a follow-up to Part 1, we learned about and discussed global issues around refugees and discrimination.  Rojena Tatour, Greece and Rebecca Kavitha Segran, Malaysia shared stories and insights that stimulated our discussion. Duane Dennis, Jackie Bennett, and Petr Torak facilitated the discussion among all participants, with an eye on next steps.

Part 3: Race And Equity Around The World

In this call, we took a deep dive into how practitioners worldwide define Equity. How is Equity defined in your country/community? What values regarding Equity do you bring to the ECD setting? And finally — What steps should we take to advance Equity? We know that the pandemic has magnified issues of inequality for those who are less fortunate in all countries. Participants shared their thoughts and engaged with colleagues internationally as we moved a step further in understanding concepts to promote a more just community for our children and their families in the communities where they reside.

Part 4: Race And Equity Around The World

In this call, examined further the challenges and successes of programs that are looking at teaching, training and parent engagement through an equity lens. Duane Dennis and Team shared a brief summary of the work done thus far and began mapping a course going forward. Jennifer Smith and Peggy Francois, Co-Directors at the Maple Street School in Brooklyn, New York, shared what their program is doing.

Part 5: Race And Equity Around The World

In this call, Rebecca Segran, Malaysia, and Božidar Nikolić, Serbia discussed early childhood services and practices for children and their families who are refugees in their respective countries. Rebecca and Božidar summarized the status of refugees and the stigma associated with their status. Conversation participants will had an opportunity to ask questions and were invited to speak about the conditions of refugees and the provision of ECD services in their own countries. This conversation was an opportunity for a deeper understanding of the plight of refugees and appreciation for positive practices in ECD settings that support the well-being of children and families. It is part of the work of a developing World Forum initiative focusing on social justice and racial equity. 

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Carla Blair
Carla Blair
3 years ago

Thank you for your openness and willingness to start a long needed dialogue.I want to continue to learn about indigenous populations so that i can acknowledge and respect their contributions to the world. I believe that acknowledgment brings awareness.

Diana Suskind
Diana Suskind
3 years ago

Duane I am so proud of you. Ann said to join today and it was such a great surprise to see you. This is important work you are contributing.

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