Approaching my one millionth thank you to the World Forum community for yet another connection made, this time in New Zealand at the conference.
Enjoy learning about the mbira and listening to a welcome to school song for children through this presentation by two Global Leaders from Africa.
Global leader Temesia Manuel, Niue Early Learning Centre reads her book on climate change.
“It is one thing to learn about our world from authorities, experts and media, and it’s quite different to be informed by people we know and respect.”
Amelia Gambetti reflects on her travels to the Arctic and Antarctica.
What is life like everyday for children living in conflict?
Carmen Hernáez, Argentina, shares how their ‘puchero’ (stew) method emerged as a way to break down communication barriers and hierarchies with members of marginalized communities, including staff, families and children. They made changes to value each person’s birth language and culture, creating an environment where everyone could feel their presence and contributions mattered.
Etienne Moine and María Vasquez shared their work to create a nurturing environment for children unable to live with their families during 2014 World Forum in Puerto Rico. When they stopped by the Café for coffee, we asked them to share about their response to care for children and families impacted by the earthquake.
Using her passion for quilting and her dedication to taking positive action in the world, Roslyn Duffy created a community of quilters to use their energy and artistry to craft beautiful quilts for children in challenging circumstances. Her World Forum connections enabled “Covered with Love” to deliver quilts to children in several parts of the world, including Nepal and Ecuador. Her story inspires us all to do something, rather than talking about doing something.
A childhood in Iraq is recalled by Hassan Alwan Houssein Saeed Ba’ey. We hear bits in the news about childhoods in places of conflict, so it’s important to understand how life used to be for children. Hassan’s recollections deepen our vision and understandings.
Meryl Hewett Fourie is here to share the story of Capella House, the School of Possibilities, a program grounded in the importance of relationships. When violent protests shut down Capella House, school leaders, families, and community members came forward to save this progressive, independent pre primary and primary school in the Noordhoek/Kommetjie Valley. Meryl toured Roger and me to visit several early care and education programs near Cape Town several years ago; tremendous work is done here by amazing people. The powerpoint tells the story.
WF Global Leader Ronald Ssentuuwa advocates for literacy in his country. Today we can observe as he reads to a group of young children in Makerere Kivulu, a slum of Kampala, who are served through a community library. The book he is reading is about animals and family.
Sue Sterling, WF National Representative from Canada and member of the WF Indigenous Peoples Action Group, shares the opening of the Nooaitch Indian Band Library built to support and promote literacy skills for First Nations people on reserve or living in rural and remote communities.
Global Leader Program Director Mark Elliott stopped by the Café to share plans for the launch of the next cohort of Global Leaders later in 2016. With a recent grant for $100,000 from the Open Society Foundation, many exciting things will be happening for the World Forum Foundation Global Leaders.
Whenever people are asked to talk about their childhoods, the conversation at the Café gets very interesting. In her interview with Dan Huber, Caroline Hudicourt shares reflections on what it was like growing up in Haiti.
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