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WED Forum to host acclaimed global and local experts and leaders

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ABU DHABI, 9th March, 2022 (WAM) — The World Early Childhood Development (WED) Movement will host WED Forum on 15th and 16th March, at Yas South Skate Park, in Abu Dhabi in partnership with its Mubadala.

The forum will welcome acclaimed global Early Childhood Development (ECD) professionals, experts, decision-makers and policymakers.

With the aim to create a platform to discuss regional ECD issues and strengthen international stakeholder relationships, with the intended outcome of influencing policy and informing the public, the WED Forum will hone 13 key topics.

Global speakers include Dr. Timothy Shriver, Chairman, Special Olympics, who will speak about WED Talk on Reflecting on our systemic responses to the impact of COVID-19 on Children of Determination; and Dr. Jane McGonigal, Director of Games Research & Development at the Institute for the Future and Author, who will discuss Approaches to gaming addiction: Guiding responsible gaming habits for children and parents.

The forum will also host Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Teleworking Applications, who will propose new views on how should governments and policymakers address the “yet to be known” negative impact of technologies used today.

Meanwhile, Dr. Dimitri Christakis, Director of the Centre for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children Research Institute, will shed light on WED Talk Developing mental health resources for a digital generation.

The Forum will also feature respective roundtables hosted by Mubadala on creating a healthy urban network for children to play/exercise/move around safely in a hot climate.

ADNOC will host a roundtable on exploring the effects COVID has had on the social interaction of young children and their families, and how to reintegrate them into normal social situations.

Whereas, Daman Insurance will host a panel on parents’ screen time: How does this dictate children’s habits towards tech use.

The Forum will end with the World Early Childhood Development (WED) Fun Run organised by Abu Dhabi’s Early Childhood Authority (ECA) and Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) in partnership with Mubadala and Mubadala Health, on Wednesday 16th March.

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