PURPOSE AND STRUCTURE
The conference’s general purposes, structure and themes will be continuous with and expand upon the work of the 1st International Conference on Children’s Rights in Education (Copenhagen, Denmark, 23-30 April 1998; for detailed information on the first conference see the “For More Information” section). The general purposes of the 2nd International Conference on Children’s Rights in Education remain identical to those of the first conference: to advance respect and support for children’s rights and the full development of children through education. The overarching theme of this Conference is “Creating a Culture of Human Rights, Democracy and Peace in the New Millennium”. The Conference will provide a structured exchange by international and national experts of information and perspectives on theory, research and practices relating education and children’s rights. The fundamental framework for exchange on this theme will be the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, particularly education articles 28 and 29, and articles 2 on non-discrimination, 6 on survival and development, 12 on the child’s opinion, 19 on protection from abuse and neglect, 20 on protection of a child without a family, 27 on standard of living, 32 on child labor, 34 on sexual exploitation, and 38 and 39 on armed conflict. Education and children’s rights conditions in emerging nations will be given special attention.
CONFERENCE AT A GLANCE
· A TEAM OF INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS. The 2nd International Conference on Children’s Rights in Education will provide the perspectives and specialist knowledge of an international team of experts on major themes and critical issues of timely significance for children’s rights in education.
· INTERNATIONAL AND EMERGING NATIONS FOCUS. The children’s rights and education topics of the Conference, the design of the program, and the experts both in faculty and participant positions are being selected to assure relevance and power in dealing with both developed and emerging nation interests.
· PRACTICAL SIGNIFICANCE AND FUTURES ORIENTATIONS. The program will deal with issues in ways that give direction to practical applications and to advances toward more progress and a better future for children.
· BASIC FOUNDATION THROUGH ADVANCED LEVELS. The Conference will include presentations, discussions, and workshops that deal with basic and advanced knowledge and orientations.
· OPPORTUNITY FOR NETWORKING AND COOPERATION IN AREAS OF SHARED INTEREST. There will be multiple opportunities to discuss topics, strategies, and issues with and between faculty and participants and to develop plans for cooperative relationships and projects to advance children’s rights in and through education. This was clearly part of the experience of the first conference and is expected to be a highlight of this conference.
· SOCIAL AND CULTURAL EVENTS. The program will include numerous events to enhance the social relationships among those attending and to help them become acquainted with the beauty of Victoria and British Columbia.
The faculty of the conference will be comprised of internationally respected child rights and education scholars, professionals and advocacy leaders from a broad range of discipline and specialist interests. The list below includes those who have already agreed to join the faculty. Additions are being made and will be posted periodically.
Lloyd Axworthy, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada
Susan Bissell, Honorary Scholar, WHO Collaborating Centre for Women’s Health, expert on childhood in Bangladesh
Cecilia Braslavsky, Director, International Bureau of Education, Geneva, Switzerland
Cynthia Price Cohen, Director, Child Rights International Research Institute, New York
Vicky Colbert, Creator of the Columbian “New School”
Philip Cook, Director, The International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD), University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Joao Elias de Oliviera, Formerly, Ombudsman, Parana, Brazil
Martha Farrell Erickson, Director, Children, Youth & Family Consortium, University of Minnesota
Malfrid Flekkoy, Formerly the world’s first Ombudsman for Children (Norway)
Ulf Frederikkson, Education International – Brussels, Belgium
James Garbarino, Internationally renowned youth violence expert
Melanie Gow, World Vision and the Violence Against Children Caucus, Geneva
Andres Guerrero, Education Programme Officer, UNICEF, New York
Roger Hart, Director, Centre for Children and the Environment, CUNY, New York
Stuart N. Hart, Director, Office for the Study of the Psychological Rights of the Child, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Bill Myers, Internationally respected expert on Child Labor
Awa N’Deye Ouedraogo, Chairperson, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (Burkino Faso)
Brent Parfitt, Deputy Ombudsman for Children, Province of British Columbia, Canada
Francisco Pilotti, Social Affairs and Education Unit, Organization of American States
Nandanna Reddy, Concern for Working Children, India
Benedito Rodgriques dos Santos, University of Goias and National Movement for Street Boys and Girls, Brazil
Maria Salazar, Columbia
Nicki Sanchez-Hood, Canadian Youth representative at pre Special Session meetings
Marta Santos Pais, Director, Division of Evaluation, Policy, and Planning, UNICEF, New York
Marilia Sardenberg, Member, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (Brazil)
Lukas Scherer, Chairperson of the Education and Media Subgroup, NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Geneva, Switzerland
Katherine Vandergrift, Canadian Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict
Eugeen Verhellen, Director of the Children’s Rights Centre, University of Ghent, Belgium
Rachel Yates, Save the Children UK