Today’s Special

UNITED KINGDOM — David Wright, Paint Pots Nursery, Southampton Reflects on the World Forum


“…a democratic organization that encourages ordinary people to come together to do extraordinary things.”

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Myanmar — K Seng Raw Shares Perspective on Current Crisis


We asked K Seng Raw, WF National Representative and newly appointed Program Director for Pann Pyoe Lett Foundation, to help us understand the conflict in her country

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FIJI — Giani Totanina Awenia Chapman Reads Her Book on Climate Change


Global leader Temesia Manuel, Niue Early Learning Centre reads her book on climate change.

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México — Global Leader Connie Duran de Peralta reports on Two Major Earthquakes and a Hurricane


Global Leader Connie Duran de Peralta reports on Two Major Earthquakes and a Hurricane in México…

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Kishor Shrestha and Mahen Shrestha Introduce Global Family Village


We took BGCafé to Kathmandu to visit the office of Global Family Village-Nepal, where Kishor Shrestha, WFF Board of Directors, connected us with Mahen Shrestha.

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KAZAKHSTAN — The Gift of the Grandmothers’ Rug


We invited Dina Aidzhanova to come from Kazakhstan to NAEYC several years ago. Together with Andrew Ikupu from Papua New Guinea, Dina shared global perspective on early childhood issues. She gifted us this rug which is treasured.  

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World Forum National Rep. Laura Henry Meets with Dalai Lama


Early Years expert, Laura Henry, this week met His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, during the spiritual leader’s two-day visit to the city of Derry/Londonderry.

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NEPAL — Indira Ranamager – Providing Early Childhood Services for Young Children of Incarcerated Parents


Indira Ranamager founded Prisoners Assistance Nepal in 2000  to provide care to prisoners and their dependent children.

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VANUATU — John Pierre Nirua, Minister of Education and Training


It is our pleasure to host the Minister of Education and Training at the Café.  

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ITALY — Amelia Gambetti Reflects on the Beauty of Nature 


“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.

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Largest Single Day Disaster in the History of Sierra Leone


URGENT NEWS!

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Fear Less: Our Hope for Children


What if, rather than telling our children to be careful, we instead put aside our own anxieties and recognize…

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Granddaughter Schon Beanblossom Shares Thoughts on Writing


Roger and I spent two nights in a converted Blue Bird Bus with grandchildren Schon and Jonah

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Meeting the Needs of Marginalized Children in Cambodia


Savy Lach, a World Forum Global Leader from Cambodia describes his work with marginalized children.

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AFGHANISTAN — Najeebullah Musafirzada Talks about Conflict


What is life like everyday for children living in conflict?

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Insights from Pakistan’s Minister of State


Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman will surprise you.  

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June 29 Special Event at the Café!


Come by to celebrate Mud Day

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Elsa Chahin Challenges Delegates to Care for Children without Homes


In her plenary address, “Nurturing Children in Institutional Settings,” Elsa Chahin observes that children without families are often denied the joys and rights that children living in families experience.  

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2017 World Forum Highlights


Visit the events page for highlights of the 2017 World Forum.

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Being an Aboriginal Person in Australia


Roger and I had a conversation with Jessica Staines and Jackie Bennett about being Aboriginal people.

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NIGERIA — Margaret Akinware Celebrates Establishing an NGO in Nigeria


Margaret Akinware, WF National Representative for Nigeria and member of the WF International Advisory Group, sent us a message entitled: What I Care About.

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Enjoy Your Free Copy of the Neugeberry Cookbook


We are proud of the food served here at the Café, and every year we collect our new favorite recipes and create a cookbook to share.  Enjoy this recipe collection from 2016 and share a special recipe of your own for us to try here at Bonnie’s Global Café.  Be sure to include the story behind the recipe, as we all know that cooking together, sharing food together, builds community.

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Bonnie’s Global Cafe on the Road!


Roger and Bonnie are on the road! Hear from them as they travel to Cambodia and meet with old friends in the community, have a discussion with World Forum Global Leaders and explore the city!

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Special Message from Roger and Bonnie


Roger and Bonnie Neugebauer sat down together for a cup of coffee and to take time to celebrate the one year anniversary of Bonnie’s Global Cafe!

What’s going to be cooking in the Cafe next? If you are planning on attending 2017 World Forum, you will be very interested to hear what is in store!

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Why You Should Attend 2017 World Forum


The beautiful country of New Zealand will be the backdrop of 2017 World Forum. As host country, they produced a very special welcome video for 2017 World Forum delegates. Check out what you will be experiencing!

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Toast the New Year at Bonnie’s Global Café


Come as you are and choose your own chair. Since this is a virtual place, there is room for absolutely everybody. And, of course, children are welcome. As a special event to celebrate each other, our work, our Community, let’s set aside one minute on this day to reflect on our blessings and our challenges.

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2017 World Forum: Behind the Scenes Insight on the Program


Preparation for the 2017 World Forum program is in full swing. Heather Fox, Communications Director for Dimensions Foundation and World Forum Program Planning Team Member shares with us a behind the scenes look at what goes into preparing the program for the event.

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SRI LANKA — Nanditha Janajeevi Hettitantri, IAG


When the tsunami struck Sri Lanka, children’s lives were dramatically changed. Nanditha Janajeevi Hettitantri shares the need for systems to help children deal with natural disasters.

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2017 World Forum: Behind the Scenes of the 2017 “Look”


 

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WORKING GROUPS — Images of Rights Project, Pam Boulton


Images of Rights: Children’s Perspectives focuses on advocacy for children’s rights and awareness of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN-CRC) by collecting children’s spontaneous artistic expressions of how they experience their rights to provision, protection and participation.

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Marrtin Bangura, Sierra Leone, Updates Ebola Crisis


The Ebola Crisis in Africa once dominated the news but now is seldom visible through the media, yet the impact on children and families continues. Marrtin Bangura interviews community members to help us understand what is happening for people in the wake of this epidemic.

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Glory Ressler Reports on Ontario’s College of Early Childhood Educators


Ontario, Canada is one of very few jurisdictions where a professional regulatory body for early childhood educators has been legislated.

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Kenny Spence, Scotland, Performs the World Forum Song


Participants in World Forum 2014 in Puerto Rico will remember when local delegates first invited us all to sing the song they wrote for the World Forum Community. Kenny Spence created his Scottish version of the song, which is currently playing in the Café, and challenges everyone to share their own recording for Café entertainment.

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Meenakshi Dahal, Nepal, Studies Impact of Earthquake on Children


To our great delight Meenakshi Dahal and Kirsten Haugen joined Roger and me for brunch at the Café. Meenakshi began spending time with children in Bhaktapur, Nepal, after the earthquake, playing together with simple toys. She has collected some of their drawings in order to study how they are coping and to share with others how children use art to express their emotions and ideas following trauma.

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Magela Guimaraes, Uruguay, Shares a Recipe for Plum Bread


Asked to contribute a recipe, Magela Guimaraes shares this favorite: “This is the plum bread that Gustavo prepared for my birthday. You can imagine it is really simple because my husband cooks once a week and he does pizza, from scratch, but he has learned how to work with the dough.”

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The Gift of the Whale’s Tooth, Fiji


Bula. Any message about Fiji must begin with this welcoming word. To learn about early care and education in Fiji, I journeyed to Nadi and Lautoka in November 2007. Unaisi VasuTuivaga, Ruci Kididromo, Ufemia Camaitoga, Purnima Chand, Minal Ariyan, Ledua Biu Cava, Indra Wati Singh and other World Forum Friends, welcomed me in traditional style with incomparable warmth and attention.

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Selena Fox Invites You to 2017 World Forum, New Zealand


Auckland is getting ready to welcome the World Forum Community in May 2017. Selena Fox and her team at New Zealand Tertiary College, in partnership with the early childhood community of NZ, has created this video invitation. It’s a powerful welcome that will have you making your participation secure!

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Maysoun Chehab Reports on Refugee Crisis, Lebanon


Roger interviewed Maysoun Chehab, Coordinator of the WF Global Leaders program in the Arab Region, about her work through UNESCO with Syrian refugees. She is passionate about educating children who become refugees so that they live lives of hope rather than despair and disenfranchisement. Listen to this audio interview to hear about this critical work.

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Recipe for Egg Plant Delight from Amara Amarasinghe, Sri Lanka


Amara Amarasinghe danced for all of us at the first World Forum on Early Care and Education in Honolulu 1999. Today she shares her Mother’s recipe for Egg Plant Delight. This dear Friend is a woman of many talents and her family is very special to her.

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Patsy Pillay Garners Media Coverage


World Forum National Representatives are the link between countries around the world and the World Forum Community. Before we gather in Auckland, May 2017, we intend to cover the globe, with a National Representative in every country. We will be asking for your help to find a great NR in countries yet unrepresented.

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Analesi Tuicaumia Reports on Cyclone Winston


In the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston, Analesi Tuicaumia, reports on the impact on children and families. There is much rebuilding that needs to be done, and Analesi and the early childhood community in Fiji (you will have met some of them at World Forum events) are dedicated to keep children safe and engaged in learning.

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Cherished Treasures from a Trip to Moldova


This beautiful painted tray was purchased in the market in Chisinau, Moldova, when I had the great pleasure of observing child-centeredness in action in the practice of Step by Step teachers at Kindergarten-primary School #152 in October 2009.

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Michael Kelly HIV/AIDS Advocate Update


We are delighted that Michael Kelly, HIV/AIDS advocate from Zambia and member of the WF HIV/AIDS Action Tank, could join us at the Café to share an update on the situation for children impacted by HIV/AIDS around the world.

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World Forum Song “Together”


Participants at the 2014 World Forum in Puerto Rico will remember when local delegates first invited us all to sing the song they wrote for the World Forum Community.

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Bonnie and Roger Neugebauer Chat About How the World Forum Began


Co-founders of the World Forum Foundation, Roger and Bonnie Neugebauer are often asked about how the World Forum came to be.

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Deepak Raj Sapkota Discusses the Aftermath of the Nepal Earthquake


When tragedy strikes the world focuses on what is happening and what can be done to help. However, the focus quickly shifts to other stories, except for the community impacted.

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