For the past five years, the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), UWI, Kingston, The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Jamaica; the Caribbean Child Development Centre (CCDC), UWI, Kingston, Jamaica; Child Development Agency (CDA) of Jamaica, the Jamaica Early Childhood Commission (ECC); Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ); Jamaica’s Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA), Jamaica Coalition on the Rights of the Child (JCRC); the Jamaica Ministry of Education (MoE) and CARICOM have hosted an annual conference under the theme Promoting Child Rights through Research. UNICEF was the only funder for three years. However, the 2009 and 2010 conferences received funding from The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ). The conferences have been very successful and have now become one of the most important annual events hosted by the institute and its partners. The theme for this year’s conference is: Promoting Child rights with Equity: Our Children in Post- Independence Times.
GENERAL OBJECTIVES OF THE CONFERENCE
The general objective of the conference is to bring together child advocates, children, teachers, academicians, policy formulators and implementers, state and non-state actors to discuss the status of child rights, child welfare and child development in the Caribbean.
SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES OF THE CONFERENCE:
The specific objectives of Caribbean Child Research Conference are to:
- Promote a culture of research among students in the high schools in the Caribbean by facilitating the presentation by students of their research and awarding a prize to an Outstanding Child Researcher.
- Promote a culture of research among teachers in the high schools in the Caribbean.
- Recognize the work of child researchers in child-related research.
- Disseminate findings on child-related research.
- Strengthen the networking links among researchers of child–related matters.
- Inform the policy formulation and implementation process in the Caribbean Region, through the published research findings.
- Empirical data to inform the policy process in the Caribbean
- Recognition of research by children
- Participation of children in discussions and processes affecting them
- Publication of selected papers presented at the conference.
- A child-friendly publication of the children’s papers
- Policy briefs based on main findings from papers.
Beyond 2015: Safeguarding our Children’s Future