April 2016

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. ...

LEBANON — Maysoun Chehab Reports on Refugee Crisis

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. ...

Meryl Fourie Shares the Story of School Relocation and Resilience, South Africa

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....

Anne Sivanathan, Malaysia, Advocates for Inclusive Education

“We all do things differently so I don’t see why we need to do different things for children with special needs,” Anne Subashini Sivanathan. Anne is a member of the Leadership Team for the World Forum Working Group on Including Children with Special Needs. She serves children locally at the Inclusive Outdoor Classroom and advocates for inclusion at every opportunity. We welcome her to the Café today to share her latest television interview....