The World Forum Foundation

The World Forum Foundation has been around for ten years but has flourished in the last two years with sponsors such as IBM, the Clinton Global Initiative, and Boeing.

The focus is on global initiatives to make better the education and care for the world’s young children.  I find this organization inspiring in what they set out to accomplish sharing ideas and then setting up projects to make those ideas possible.

The delegates sharing ideas determine whether or not they should form a working group to organize, publicize, effect change and advocate for a common idea, goal or issue.  After this working group is formed it may or may not choose to hold its own working forum in a coming year to present plans and then further share ideas, get a support network together and then advocate.

In the year of 2008-2009, World Forum Foundation accomplished many milestones which you can read about here.   I want to highlight the working projects they started prior to 2009 and continually work on because even if we can’t go to the conference, maybe we can get involved in or advocate for these projects.

Established Working Groups (the links below include the mission statements and who to contact if you want to get involved)

·     Nature Action Collaborative for Children – Group goal is to reconnect children with nature. 
Nature Action Collaborative

·     International Working Group on Peace Building with Young Children – Group goal is to address “the impact of armed conflict on the well-being of young children.”  An accomplishment of this group was publication of the book “From Conflict to Peace Building: The Power of Early Childhood Initiatives, Lessons Around the World
International Group on Peace Building with Young Children

·     Voices of Hope for Children Impacted by HIV/AIDS – Group goal is to “support grassroots organizations serving young children whose lives are impacted by HIV/AIDS.” 
HIV/AIDS and Young Children WFF

·     Men in Early Childhood Education – Group goal is to “promote gender balance around the world” in early childhood education.
Men in Early Childhood Education

Emerging Working Groups (the links below include the mission statements and who to contact if you want to get involved)

·     Indigenous People’s Action Group – this group was formed in 2009 by members of indigenous communities from Canada, the United Sates, Fiji, Peru, Northern Ireland, New Zealand and Australia. 
Indigenous Peoples Action Group

·     Immigration and Young Children – this is not a formal forum group yet but delegates continue a dialogue about forming a Working Group to address the “many challenges young children face due to global immigration patterns.”

·     Play and Young Children – brainstorming has been active regarding a Working Group that would focus on global perspectives on play and strengthen advocacy. 
World Forum Working Group on Play

·     Working Group for the Rights of Children Without Families – delegates working with orphans in many countries have made plans to develop resource materials and build a support network. 
Rights of Children in Children Homes

This organization is doing exciting things for children in many aspects, including early education and care which is your specialty!

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