Over 200 Students Converge at 2008 Caribbean Child Research Conference
Against the background of the crisis facing the nation’s children, the latest research on violence against children, child sexuality, parenting and other pressing issues concerning children’s rights was unveiled on October 21-22, 2008 at the Jamaica Pegasus at the third Caribbean Child Research Conference.
Minister of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, Olivia Grange delivered the keynote address at the two-day Caribbean Child Research Conference, held under the theme Promoting Child Rights through Research: Building a Region Fit for Children.
Researchers hailing from the Caribbean region, the United States and the United Kingdom presented their work, including a number of eminent Jamaican academics from UWI Mona, among them Dr. Maureen Samms Vaughan, Professor of Child Development and Behaviour; Dr. Aldrie Henry-Lee, Senior Research Fellow, SALISES; Elsa Leo-Rhynie, Professor Emerita, Distinguished Researcher 2007, UWI, Mona, and Professor Julie Meeks Gardner, Head of CCDC.
Over 200 students from across Jamaica converged at the conference to learn more about the issues emerging from the research and to participate in the sessions. Seventeen year old Tsashai Thomas won the outstanding child researcher award for her research on media and academic achievement, and esteemed Jamaican researcher Barbara Bailey was honoured as the Distinguished Researcher.
Each year, the multi-disciplinary conference aims to share the most current research on children, strengthen the network of researchers on children’s issues, and encourage new research in areas that are often under-researched. Knowledge generation and the use of disaggregated/child-specific data are essential for evidence-based policy development, planning, programming, legislation review and reform.
This year’s conference was staged by the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) in association with the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Child Development Agency (CDA), Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA), Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Caribbean Child Development Centre (CCDC) the Child Development Research Group, Jamaica Coalition on the Rights of the Child (JCRC), the Ministry of Education and CARICOM.
Third Caribbean Child Research Conference
Click on word to read abstracts of all the research papers presented at the third Caribbean Child Research Conference.