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Henry-Lee, Aldrie; Heron, Taitu
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Strategic Planning for Children in Jamaica
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Promoting Child Rights Through Research : Caribbean Child Research Conference
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October 23-24, 2007
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Jamaica Conference Center, Kingston, Jamaica
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Abstract
Using a life cycle approach, we examine strategic planning in the Caribbean with special emphasis on children. Strategic planning for children is critical for the well being of individuals from birth to 17 years old. The discussion is contextualized in the international and regional commitments made by Caribbean Governments to ensure the well-being of the region’s children. Primary and secondary data are examined to determine the situation of children in the Caribbean. Using Jamaica as a case study, the process of strategic planning is examined, highlighting the successes that have been made to date. The paper concludes that although Jamaica has made more progress than most of its Caribbean neighbours, the lack of full implementation of a rightsbased approach to development has hindered the full adherence of the rights of the child in Jamaica. Children are still viewed as “second class citizens” who must be seen and not heard. There is reservation to include children in the policy process as participation for children is age-specific and it is sometimes difficult to determine the appropriate age (some policy makers utilize 12 years as a benchmark). However, those aged less than 12 years old also need to have their issues addressed. Until, issues such as voicelessness of children, contradictions in the policy environment, turfism and bureaucratic impediments are dealt with, the full realization of rights of children in the region remain elusive.....
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