CARIBBEAN CHILD RESEARCH CONFERENCE 2013
The 8th annual Caribbean Child Research Conference (CCRC) is set to take place this week, November 6-7 2013 at the Jamaica Conference Centre. The CCRC is a regional event, covering a range of child-related themes hosted by The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA), the Caribbean Child Development Centre (CCDC), UWI, the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR), the Jamaica Coalition on the Rights of the Child (JCRC), the Child Development Agency (CDA), the Jamaica Ministry of Education (MoE), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), and the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB).
A Conference Unlike Any Other
The Caribbean Child Research Conference is an annual gathering of students, academics and a wide range of representatives of child-focused government and non-governmental agencies.
The conference is staged in Jamaica by the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), situated at the University of the West Indies, Mona.
Under the umbrella theme “Promoting Child Rights through Research”, adults and high-school students present the latest research on issues affecting children, which vie for awards for outstanding research.
This is the only conference of its kind in the Caribbean. Since its inception in 2006, the Caribbean Child Research Conference has earned a reputation for involving children in meaningful ways – in keeping with their rights as enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Who Makes it Happen
The conference has been funded by UNICEF since its debut, and in recent years supported financially by the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica and the Caribbean Development Bank.
Collaborating agencies in Jamaica are: the Caribbean Child Development Centre (CCDC); Child Development Agency (CDA); Jamaica Early Childhood Commission (ECC); Office of the Children’s Registry; Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ); Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA); Jamaica Coalition on the Rights of the Child (JCRC).
How Students Get Involved
The conference is not simply about children – it actively engages children to deepen their knowledge and sharpen their skills.
Each year, secondary school students from across Jamaica are invited to submit research papers on a range of topics related to children’s rights. Many students adapt research they had prepared for CSEC/CAPE assessments.
Ten students are selected to present orally at the conference, where they compete for an Outstanding Child Researcher award, based on scores from both the written and oral presentations.
The conference compliments the work of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), and presents an excellent opportunity for students to
Over the years, there have been at least sixty papers presented by students from secondary schools. The conference also gives children from primary school an opportunity to win prizes through an essay-writing competition focused on children’s rights.
Engaging Teachers and Adult Researchers
In order to help students prepare their research papers, a series of workshops on children’s rights are conducted before the conference for secondary school teachers.
They learn about international and regional commitments to children and are guided through the Convention on the Rights of the Child and relevant child-focused laws and policies.
At the conference, renowned adult researchers from across the Caribbean present their papers on a number of child related issues, including children with disabilities, parenting, violence and other child protection issues, the right to play, children in emergencies and child participation.
Why the Conference Matters
To date some of the main tangible outputs for the conference have been:
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