Leaders Urged to Anchor Vision for Development Into National Framework for Children

first_imgRelatedLeaders Urged to Anchor Vision for Development Into National Framework for Children RelatedLeaders Urged to Anchor Vision for Development Into National Framework for Children Leaders Urged to Anchor Vision for Development Into National Framework for Children UncategorizedOctober 25, 2006 RelatedLeaders Urged to Anchor Vision for Development Into National Framework for Childrencenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative to Jamaica, Bertrand Bainvel has called on political leaders to make every attempt to anchor their visions for national development into a national framework for children.Such a framework, he said, should be “informed by data more than by anecdotes, and financed by resources commensurate to its goals”.The UNICEF representative was speaking today (Oct. 25) at the opening of the two-day Caribbean Child Research Conference being held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.According to Mr. Bainvel research on child rights should promote the participation of beneficiaries in its design and findings, so that it systematically looked beyond the averages and reveal disparities based on socio-economic or health status, sex, age and geography.Such research, he said, should “communicate its results beyond academic boundaries”. He further called on the policy and planning community to draft policies and plans for children based on “robust data”, quality analysis, as well as best practices emerging from the non government sector, and to look for opportunities to cooperate with researchers.With these approaches, he asserted, there would be more effective advocacy for improved policies and legislation and greater social investment in children. Mr. Bainvel emphasized that knowledge generation, use of data, and evidence-based planning, were essential strategies to promoting accountability, as without these, policy choices could not be justified to the public.“Accurate data and quality research are key to the development and financing of programmes, services, policies, legislation, and thus the gradual realization of children’s rights,” he told the gathering.The conference, held under the theme: ‘Promoting Child Rights Through Research’, is the first of its kind to be hosted in the English-speaking Caribbean. The forum will present a wide range of research topics with children as the common focus and aims to disseminate the findings of contemporary research in order to improve the awareness of the situation of children in the Caribbean, and effective improvement mechanisms. It will encourage further research and inform the programming and planning of interventions to benefit children.Some of the specific topics to be examined by the participants, which include not just policy planners, but students from a number of secondary level schools, are: early childhood education, violence, HIV and AIDS, parenting, the school as an institution, children’s self-advocacy and participation in governance, and promoting adolescent development through policy environment assessment research.Among the organizations that have partnered to host the conference are: UNICEF; Planning Institute of Jamaica; Child Development Agency; Ministries of Health, and Education and Youth; Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social Economic Studies and Caribbean Child Development Centre of the University of the West Indies; Early Childhood Commission; and the Children Issues Coalition. Advertisementslast_img read more