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Top award for Glyndŵr University Professor


A Glyndŵr University professor received a top award at the illustrious World Forum on Early Care and Education.

Karen Graham, Professor of Childhood and Family Studies at the Wrexham institution, joined more than 800 practitioners from 81 nations at the event in Puerto Rico.

The focus of the forum was to discuss the delivery of quality education and care services to young children globally and to develop action plans for achieving quality in diverse settings.

“For all children of the world to have promising futures early childhood programmes must meet their needs for optimal growth and development,” said Prof Graham.

“By attending the World Forum I had the unique opportunity to work with early childhood leaders from six continents and share ideas about what quality really means.”

Prior to the conference, Prof Graham spent two days contributing to the Working Group on Children’s Rights, engaged in developing action plans to promote children’s rights across the globe over the next two years.

She said: “This topic is important to me because every child, wherever he or she may be, deserves every opportunity to have their needs met, their voices heard and to meet their full potential.”

During the conference Prof Graham, the World Forum National Representative for Wales, was delighted to be presented with an award for ‘Outstanding leadership on behalf of young children and families’.

Presentations were made by childhood professionals from all over the world, including Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Iraq, Peru, Qatar and Zimbabwe.

Topics discussed during the event included: children’s rights, immigration, technology for teacher education and professional development, trends and models in interior environments, brain development, and nutrition.

Last year, Prof Graham, who played a key role in helping to set up the ground-breaking £2million Centre for the Child, Family and Society on Glyndŵr’s Plas Coch campus, received the Peter Clarke Award for Pioneering Excellence in Services for Children and Young People at the Wales Care Awards.

The mum of two, who was brought up on the Wirral, said: “I work in the health and social care field and am constantly promoting anyone involved in care and support of people - I know the commitment this takes.

“Through our work as a community of researchers, academics and practitioners at Glyndŵr, our aim is to continually support local, national and international efforts to improve the wellbeing of children and families.”

The mission of the World Forum Foundation, a non-profit organisation, is to promote an ongoing global exchange of ideas on the delivery of high-quality services for young children in diverse settings.

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