Childwatch Latin American and the Caribbean Network: VI International Conference and Annual Regional Meeting of the Latin American and the Caribbean Network: “Excluded Children and Youth of Latin America and the Caribbean: Outcomes and Challenges of the New Millennium”
Hosted by El Colegio de Jalisco in Guadalajara Mexico, the conference will be co-organized with Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana. Some of the outcomes of common projects that are taking place in different countries will be presented, such as the Youth’s Social Participation Project (Venezuela-Argentina), the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (Costa Rica-Venezuela) as well as other initiatives such as the results of the Consultation on the Right of Children to Play made in different places in Mexico.
A one day Regional Meeting of the Latin American and the Caribbean Network will be organized following the conference. This is a meeting discussion and evaluation of the achievements made over one year, sharing and bringing up to date the new projects, evaluation of the Conference and programming for the next year, focusing on ways in which research may impact policies and of strategies to promote research short stays of young researchers or other ways to build up new competences and help them expand their group networks.
Not only the public presentations of papers, but the confrontation and sharing of viewpoints and of new developments that emerge from the Conference dynamics is an excellent opportunity to build up competences of research processes and to broaden the local perspective to a more regional view. The Latin American and the Caribbean Network is concerned to conjoint efforts to react to the two recent tragedies that have taken place in our region: Haiti and Chile. We will dedicate time to reflect and think of the ways to bring a responsible action based on research. The Conference is expected to have full participation of the Childwatch Key Institutions in Latin American and Jamaica. Additionally, efforts are being made to invite new partners from countries that don’t have any Key Institutions.