From July 2014 to November 2014, a series of planning meetings were held with School District 43 students and community organizations to create the first ever Tri-Cities Kids Conference. The conference is in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The theme of the conference is "Pass It On! Be A Rights Champion".
Many thanks to the talented Iman Cheung for taking these photos of one the initial planning meetings.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Tri-Cities Early Childhood Development and Middle Childhood Matters Committees will be hosting this conference with the theme: “Pass it On! Be a Rights Champion.” This conference is one of a series of steps in a larger process that will result in the creation of a Tri-Cities Children’s Charter. The Charter is a community commitment to upholding children’s rights as they have been expressed and reflected upon by children themselves.
The children who attend this conference will develop leadership skills while building upon their knowledge of children’s rights. They will leave the conference with the ability to act as ambassadors in your school and within the Tri-Cities community. As part of the learning at the conference, students will be encouraged to take action to promote the rights and responsibilities of children. This may involve sharing what they have learned with their peers; be it through a presentation in an assembly, a write-up for the school newspaper, a piece of artwork or print resource, or any other ideas they may have for on-going projects.
The conference was organized by the Tri-Cities Early Childhood Development and Middle Childhood Matters Committees in partnership with School District 43, Pinetree Community Centre, City of Port Coquitlam - Children Services, Equitas-International Centre for Human Rights Education, The Society for Children and Youth of BC and The Human Early Learning Partnership at UBC. Children from Tri-Cities schools had also been heavily involved in the planning process and volunteered as facilitators for this conference.
Date: Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
An alphabetical list of the schools from SD43 that confirmed their participation in the Tri-Cities Kids Conference:
- Alderson Elementary School
- Baker Drive Elementary School
- Birchland Elementary School
- Blakeburn Elementary School
- Banting Middle School
- Como Lake Elementary School
- Coquitlam River Elementary School
- Glenayre Elementary School
- Heritage Mountain Elementary School
- Maillard Middle School
- Maple Creek Middle School
- Montgomery Middle School
- Mundy Road Elementary School
- Nestor Elementary School
- Rochester Elementary School
- Summit Middle School
- Westwood Elementary School
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