Network Groups Meetings
The thematic groups and regional networks of the Childwatch International Research network meet approximately once a year to discuss their collaboration, map progress and plan for future activities. Such network group meetings are announced here. You will find links to more information about each project in the announcements.
UNI-COM, Faculty of Social Sciences of Universidad Nacional de Lomas de Zamora, Argentina, invites you to participate in the II UNI-COM LATINAMERICAN CONFERENCE: "QUALITY OF LIFE IN LATIN AMERICA"
UNI-COM , Facultad de Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad Nacional de Lomas de Zamora, Argentina, invita a participar del CONGRESO LATINOAMERICANO DE CALIDAD VIDA UNI-COM y IV JORNADA DEL PROGRAMA DE INVESTIGACION EN CALIDAD DE VIDA que alojará a la IX CONFERENCIA INTERNACIONAL DE LA RESEARCH NETWORK
Thematic focus of the meeting is “Exploring child to child violence and its socio-cultural contexts in some countries in the Asia Pacific region through diverse research methods”.
Childwatch Middle East and North Africa Regional Network is organising a 2 days conference and a 2 days training to create awareness on local and regional level about violence in schools, gender equality, safety in schools as well as establish a knowledge base for promoting the children's school rights in the region.
The Childwatch Sub-Sahara African Regional Network is organising a three day Child Research Methods and Ethics seminar for Researcher who also teach and/or supervise young emerging child researchers.
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 group of advisors from Childwatch have been asked to attend this 1 ½ day meeting organized in Florence in October 2010. The purpose of this meeting is to review the Child Friendly Cities Research Initiative results to date, to determine future steps in the research and to obtain critical feedback.
The Childwatch Central and Eastern Europe Regional Network has identified the care of children in institutionalized settings as one of the most important topics for vulnerable groups of children in the CEE region. A regional seminar on the topic, titled “Children in Care”, was organized in the Czech Republic in September 2010 in Department of Social Work, Charles Unversity in Prague. Participants represented institutions in the Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovakia, USA, Great Britain and Norway. Main organizer was PhDr. Hana Pazlarová representing Faculty of Philosophy and Arts at Charles University in Prague.
Within the framework of the Child Friendly Cities Research initiative, the workshop aimed to critically analyse the newly developed child friendly communities and cities assessment tools and to review the process to support their effective use in selected countries.
Around 20-25 researchers participated in the workshop, from different Arab regions (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Gulf area, Oman, Yemen) with little expertise and experience in quantitative and/or qualitative research. The participants were selected based on their interest in research, specifically child research methodologies, and all of them worked in organizations dedicated to children (fully or partially). The workshop was lead by Dr. Mohammed Shahin, with a guest appearance by Dr. Faisal Awartani, and revolved around the methodologies of child research.
In October 2009, Childwatch Latin American and the Caribbean Regional Network organised a regional meeting in Buenos Aires at the Universidad Lomas de Zamora. The Regional Network also organized a conference with the title Calidad de Vida y Derechos de los Niños, Niñas y Jovenes en América Latina.
The Middle East and North Africa regional network gathered researchers from the region in Amman, Jordan in November 2008 focusing on children living in situations of conflict, and how this affects their livelyhoods. The seminar was hosted by the Information and Research Center of the King Hussain Foundation in Amman, Jordan.
The Network meeting was framed within the Fourth Regional Conference of Childwatch International in Latin American and the Caribbean organized by The Center of Advanced Child and Youth Studies of CINDE and Universidad de Manizales, The school of Psychology and The Childwatch Latin American Network. The conference focused on interdisciplinary approaches to participatory research on children and youth participation.
The first workshop of the Child Friendly Cities Research Initiatives will be held in The Hague, the Netherlands, hosted by the Bernard Van Leer Foundation.
The thematic group on Children and the Law will hold its first network meeting this September to establish an active network and agree on plans for research collaboration.