Preliminary Schedule

ScheduleWhat activities are planned for World Forum 2017? Check out the detailed schedule so you don’t miss out on your favorite topics and other fun happenings.


All events, with the exception of the optional tours, will take place at the SKYCITY Hotel and Convention Centre.

If you plan to participate in the optional tours on Tuesday, May 9 make plans to arrive in Auckland and check in by Monday, May 8 since buses will depart the hotel early on Tuesday.  If you will be attending Global Leaders meetings or Working Groups Leadership Team meetings, note that these begin on Sunday or Monday, so make plans to arrive in time to attend (check the schedule below).

Please note: The World Forum on Early Care and Education will be conducted in English.

Schedule Overview

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Evening Open House for Global Leaders

Monday, May 8, 2017

Work Day for Global Leaders
Evening Working Reception for Working Groups Leadership Teams

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Work Day for Global Leaders
Work Day for Working Groups Leadership Teams
Tours take place all day (back in time for presenter training)
Presenter Training (afternoon)
Opening Ceremonies- Building Connections and Generating Hope (detailed information below)
Welcome Reception

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Morning Plenary- Supporting Children’s Resilience (detailed information below)
Morning Break
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
No-host Luncheon Program
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Afternoon Break
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
No-Host Dinner Program

Evening Reception for Global Leaders, Global Leader graduates, and Exchange Leaders

International Dance

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Morning Plenary- Leading Change in a Changing World (detailed information below)
Morning Break
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
No-host Luncheon Program
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Afternoon Break
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
No-Host Dinner Program

Reception for International Advisory Group

Reception and annual meeting for World Forum Foundation Board of Directors, International Advisory Group, National Representatives and Global Leaders

Reception for National Representatives

Friday, May 12, 2017

Book Exchange
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Morning Break
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Closing Ceremonies- Personal Wellness for Professional Effectiveness (detailed information below)
Farewell Luncheon

Plenary Elements

Tuesday Opening Plenary Elements

Maori Opening

Karanga — Kapa Haka Group

Powhiri — Kapa Haka Group

Karakia — Te Tuhi Robust

Welcome to New Zealand

Selena Fox and Guests

“Building Connections to Create Change”

World Forum Impact Stories:
Eben Lartey, Ghana
Carmen Hernáez, Argentina
Karma Gayleg, Bhutan
May Ajram, Lebanon
Laura Henry, United Kingdom

Commitment Bowl Ceremony

Parade of World Forum National Representatives

“The Future of the World Forum” — Roger Neugebauer

“Welcome Home:  Weaving People, Values and Stories to Create Community” — Bonnie Neugebauer


Wednesday Plenary Elements

“Supporting Resilience in Children:  Strategies that Work”
Today’s world presents many challenges to the health and well-being of children, including refugee status, natural disasters, conflict, terrorism, health, poverty, abuse, homelessness, fear.  There is a critical role for ece educators in developing the natural resilience of children by creating environments that support joy and empathy.  We must first learn how to listen to what children, themselves, have to say.

Voices of Children Documentary Project and Images of Rights Project

Presentation by World Forum Working Group on Children’s Rights

Strategies and Principles for Creating Environments that Support Joy and Resilience

Presentation OnDesign and Nature Action Collaborative for Children, World Forum Working Groups

Nurturing Children in Institutional, Outside Family Care

Presentation by Elsa Chahin, representing Working Group on Children in Children’s Homes


Thursday Plenary Elements

“Leading Change in a Changing World”

By example and stories, World Forum Global Leaders from around the world will share models and strategeis for leadership through challenges and change.

Moderator:  Mark Elliott, Coordinator, Global Leaders for Young Children
Reflector and Provocateur:  Ivan Galindo, México


Nanditha Janajeevi Hettitantri, Sri Lanka
Maria Thereza Marcillo, Brazil

Rana Ismail, Lebanon
Analesi Tuicaumia, Fiji

Siniša -Senad Musić, Croatia

Colani Magongo, Swaziland


Friday Plenary Elements

“Taking Care of Ourselves in Order to Care for Others”
Global perspectives on health and well-being will be shared

Presentation Advisory Group — under development

Luis Hernandez, United States
Glory Ressler, Canada
Nanditha Hanajeevi Hettitantri, Sri Lanka
Tatjana Vonta, Slovenia
Manjusree Mitra, Bangladesh

Margaret Akinware, Nigeria

Lynette Okengo, Kenya

Nancy Rosenow, United States
“Time to Say Goodbye”

Commitment Bowl Ceremony