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PIOJ to host Caribbean Child Research Conference from November 4-6

Published:Friday | October 30, 2015 | 4:06 PM

THE PLANNING Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) will host the 10th staging of the Caribbean Child Research Conference (CCRC) from November 4-6 at the Jamaica Conference Centre under the theme 'Beyond 2015, Equality and Equity for All Children'.

The conference will be hosted jointly by the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, the United Nation's Children's Fund, and the Caribbean Development Centre.

"The children play a major role in the conference and have been doing research and presenting their findings. They have been appointed as child ambassadors. They sit on advisory boards and have even contributed to decision making," Dr Aldrie Henry Lee, chairperson of the CCRC and acting director of SALISES, pointed out.

Henry Lee noted that the CCRC has helped Jamaica stand out as one of the few countries in the Caribbean where the quality of life for children is given priority and policies are put in place to protect the children. "We want to promote the conventional rights of a child, and one way to achieve this is to include children in forums like the CCRC, which allow them to voice their opinions and give suggestions, especially on things that affect them," she said.