Equity through Education Symposium
The Equity Through Education Symposium on 15th February 2017 focused on children's rights to education, the imaginative know-how of children, and hearing children's voices on issues that matter.
The Symposium, held on the Massey University Albany campus, featured national and international keynote speakers sharing their insights into important issues:
The imaginative Know-How of Children: Is this an Equity Issue of Sorts? David Epston
David studied at the Universities of Auckland, British Columbia, Edinburgh and Warwick. He originated, along with Michael White, what has come to be known as ‘Narrative Therapy”. He has published widely in this regard but his best known books - Freeman, Epston and Lobovits, (1997) Playful Approaches to Serious Problems: Narrative Therapy with Children and their Families, New York WWNorton; and more recently, Marsten, Epston and Markham (2016) Narrative Therapy in Wonderland: Connecting with Children’s Imaginative Know-How, New York WWNorton; have had to do with the 'imaginative know-how' of children and how to access and join in the fun.
Learning Right: Factors Affecting a Child's Right to an Education, Dr Kathleen Logan (Office of the Children's Commissioner)
Dr Kathleen Logan
Dr Kathleen Logan is a Senior Advisor in the Strategy, Rights and Advice team of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner. Kathleen’s focus is on the research and evidence base that helps the Children’s Commissioner to advocate for children. Kathleen engages with government agencies to advance policy that supports childhood wellbeing. She has also published online tools and resources to help people engage with children and young people, make decisions in their best interests, and to raise awareness of children’s rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Our Voices Our Rights? Insights into Youth Consultation Giving Children Voice on Issues that Matter, Ethyn Sturm (UNICEF NZ), Amandie Weerasundara (Save the Children NZ)
I’m currently working for UNICEF New Zealand as an Intern, previously I worked as a Youth Ambassador for the organisation from 2015. I also hold roles working with Youth Line Wellington,and the Canterbury Branch of the United Nations Association of New Zealand. I’m currently Studying towards a conjoint law and arts degree with a triple major, studying laws, Philosophy,and Psychology. I’m extremely passionate about human rights and social justice, having previously established UNICEF Clubs at my high school and now university, as well as leading the organisation of a conference on social justice in 2016. I played a major role in creating and disseminating the ‘Our Voices, Our Rights’ report that was a part of a NGO report sent to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child for NZ’s 5th periodic review of UNCROC.
Amandie Weerasundara is a Year 13 student at Wellington Girls’ College, where she has been studying languages and humanities subjects, as well as taking DELF French exams through the Alliance Francaise. She has been involved with Save the Children since 2015, where she helped to develop, analyse and write the Our Voices, Our Rights report. This report was presented to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child as part of the 5th periodic review process. Amandie has always been passionate about and held a strong interest in Human Rights issues and also hopes to pursue this passion through a career in Human Rights law.
In her spare time she also performs with the local Sri Lankan Dance Academy, which she has been a part of for 13 years, and takes the occasional kickboxing class.
There were also presentations, workshops and roundtable conversations with practitioners and researchers from all areas of Education. More information on these can be found in Equity Through Education Symposium.
Programme Links to the Keynote presentations will be available soon...