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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

The Child in Africa: Changing Prospects and Possibilities in Political, Social and Cultural Landscape

Date :
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 08:00 to Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 16:00
Location :
Beer-Sheva, Israel

The lives of children are testimony to the broader histories and political processes that have characterized African communities and societies over time, but children and childhood are not often the focus of research in the continent. This conference aims to deepen our understanding of children’s lives, experiences and prospects in Africa of both the past and present. We seek to understand how children have lived and experienced broader changes in social, political, and economic frameworks. How has the meaning and definition of childhood changed over time, and what kind of long-term continuities can we identify in the prospects and challenges children face? What are the ongoing needs of children across the continent? What are the rights and opportunities children enjoy, and what areas can we identify as needing more attention? We seek to understand how children themselves have shaped social, cultural, and economic realities across time.