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The top 10 secondary and primary level awardees smile for the camera at the 2015 Caribbean Child Research Conference

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Conference gives PM policy proposal document on children’s issues

THE 10TH ANNUAL Caribbean Child Research Conference ended on a high note after three days of presentations by adult and child researchers who explored a host of issues affecting the region’s youth, while proposing ways to address them.
The conference was held from November 4 to 6, 2015 at the Jamaica Conference Centre. On the final day Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller addressed the gathering, and was presented with a policy document with proposals from past conferences. This was followed by the launch of a publication with winning essays and research papers by children, titled: Child Rights: Caribbean Voices.
Oshnel Bryan from Kingston College was named the Outstanding Child Researcher for 2015, becoming the first male to win the competition, and breaking Denbigh High School’s four-year winning streak. Bryan was also awarded Best for Oral Presentation. His topic was, “An Investigative Study on the Extent to which Children are allowed to Participate through Student Councils at Local Public Secondary Educational Institutions”.

Shannon Annakie of Denbigh High School placed second. She was also awarded for Best Written Paper and for Best Methodology, and the Top Female Researcher. Her topic was “An Investigative Study of the ‘Sex Video’ Phenomenon among Students Aged 12-17 in a Rural High School in Jamaica”. Meanwhile, Brittney Brown of McGrath High placed third, with her research paper, “An Investigative Study into how Students’ Involvement in Extra-curricular Activities impact on their Behaviour in my High School”.

In the essay competition for primary level schools, Mayah Moncrieffe of Saints Peter and Paul Preparatory placed first. Second place went to Jhourie Johnson of Mount Moreland Primary and Junior High, and third place went to Danae Brown of Somerton All-Age and Infant. The topic was: “What does equality of opportunity mean to me?”

The conference was hosted by the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) in partnership with the Caribbean Child Development Centre (CCDC), UWI, Kingston, Jamaica; Child Development Agency (CDA) of Jamaica, the Jamaica Early Childhood Commission (ECC); Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ); Jamaica’s Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA), Office of the Children’s Registry; Jamaica’s Ministry of Education (MoE) and The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Jamaica. The main sponsors were the CHASE Fund, Caribbean Development Bank, Grace Kennedy Foundation, Respect Jamaica and The Gleaner Company Limited.

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