4th Caribbean Child Research Conference in Mona, Jamaica

early_childhoodThe 4th Caribbean Child Research Conference will be held on October 21, 2009, in Mona, Jamaica. The conference will focus on children’s issues under the theme “Global Crises: The Impact on Our Children-Twenty years after the Convention on the Rights of the Child.” Presenters are all specialists in child research or children under the age of 18.

The conference is supported technically and financially by the Advocacy, Public Policy and Partnership section of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF-Jamaica) and is staged by the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at the University of the West Indies, Mona in association with several child-focused agencies such as the Caribbean Child Development Centre (CCDC), the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA), the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR), the Jamaica Coalition on the Rights of the Child (JCRC), the Child Development Agency (CDA), and the Ministry of Education. The Caribbean Child Research Conference, held annually in Jamaica since 2006, presents research on a wide range of child-related themes in order to share research findings on issues related to children, to strengthen the network of researchers on children’s issues, and to encourage research in both priority areas and in other important but neglected areas.

This conference marks the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention on the Rights of the Child was designed to acknowledge the full range of children’s rights— civil, cultural, economic, political and social— and to obligate governments, caregivers, and others to respect, promote and fulfill the rights of each and every child. The convention asserts that “Children’s rights are human rights. Children’s rights are not special rights, but rather the fundamental rights inherent to the human dignity of all people.”

For more information, see http://www.unicef.org/jamaica/promoting_child_rights_13575.htm, http://www.unicef.org/jamaica/promoting_child_rights.html, or contact Kerry-Ann Lewis at kalewis@unicef.org

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