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13th Annual Caribbean Child Research Conference – “Leaving No Child Behind: The 2030 Agenda”
November 15-16, 2018
Trinidad and Tobago
For the past twelve (12) tears, the Caribbean Child Research Conference (CCRC) has been held annually in Jamaica. In 2018, the annual conference will be convened in Trinidad and Tobago. Accordingly, Trinidad and Tobago will be hosting this conference for the first time and will be the first country to have hosted this conference other than Jamaica. The significance placed on the rights and well-being of children and youth in international sustainable development discourses renders this to be a significant opportunity for stakeholders in Trinidad and Tobago to demonstrate their commitment to promoting and reinforcing progressive agendas for future generations of Caribbean adults. The conference is unique insofar as it presents an opportunity for children and adults to examine the status of children and child rights in the Caribbean and reflect upon the future implications of current experiences and actions though with remedial lenses. In essence, the conference is the only forum that presents adults and children with an equal voice on matters pertaining to the rights and well-being of children in the Caribbean.
Apart from scheduled adult research presentations, a major highlight of the conference is the set of scheduled research presentations by child researchers resulting in the selection of an outstanding child researcher. This award usually is bestowed upon a student at the secondary school level with the best overall research presentation. Sectional prizes are also awarded to child researchers for: Best Oral Presentation, Best Written Presentation, Best Methodology and Top Male/Top Female Researcher. There is also a poster competition this year where students will design a poster depicting the importance of SDG 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions – to children in Trinidad and Tobago.
In the quest to strengthen children’s capacity to pursue formal research and present their research findings, the Conference Organizing Committee has established a Sub-Committee entitled the Children Research Training Sub-Committee. This Sub-committee is expected to facilitate the training needs of children and their teachers in the preparation of children’s research papers and presentations during the child research phase of the conference programme. This is important in further reinforcing the participation and attendance of children especially in the children’s panels. In fact, children will be trained to assume adult roles including introducing keynote speakers and chairing panels in panels whether featuring child or adult presentations. Altogether, the conference is a forum that ultimately empowers children presenting them with an equal voice on a stage that is shared with adults.
The objectives of Caribbean Child Research Conference are defined as follows:
- To promote a culture of research among students in High Schools in the Caribbean by facilitating the presentation by students of their research and awarding prizes in different categories of excellence including the coveted prize of the Most Outstanding Child Researcher;
- To promote a culture of research among teachers in the High Schools in the Caribbean;
- To recognize the work of child researchers in child-related research;
- To disseminate research findings on child-related research;
- To strengthen the networking links among researchers of child–related matters;
- To enhance opportunities for ensuring the outcomes of child-related research inform the policy formulation and implementation process in the Caribbean Sub-Region, through the published research findings and other relevant media for disseminating such findings.
The expected outcomes of Caribbean Child Research Conference are as follows:
- A proliferation of formal research knowledge on child-related issues that impact children’s rights, children’s well-being and progressive agenda settings for tomorrow’s children and adult populations;
- The establishment of research clusters and greater levels of activism that promote the interest of children and broaden the base for networking and advocacy on matters pertaining to the rights and well-being of children in the Caribbean Sub-Region;
- Greater recognition of the need to listen to and incorporate the voices and expression of children in deliberations impacting policy formulation and implementation that impacts the rights and well-being of children in the Caribbean sub-Region;
- he establishment of a network of stakeholders who share a common interest in promoting and advancing the rights and well-being of children in the Caribbean Sub-Region and ensuring that such mandates are adequately satisfied in the interests of the region’s children and future adult populations.