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7th Edition: Early Childhood and the Right to Education: Toddlers and their rights in relation to Articles 28 and 29 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

June 24 to 29, 2018

Course Themes:

Block 1 - Universality and the realization of children’s rights in early childhood and educational services - June 25 and 26, 2018

Block 2 - The right to education and the right to play in early childhood - June 27, 2018

Block 3 - Social pediatrics and early childhood care and education -June 28 and 29, 2018


Keynote speakers :

Renate Winter, Chair of the UN Committee on the rights of the child

Judge Renate Winter (Austria) has been a judge in Austria since 1981. Her expertise covers juvenile justice, war crimes, crimes against humanity, gender issues, organized crime and restorative justice. She served as international judge of the Supreme Court of Kosovo, as part of the United Nations mission. She was appointed to the Special Court for Sierra Leone in 2002.  She served as consultant in justice matters in more than 40 countries. She is currently President of the Residual Special Court of Sierra Leone and President of the UN Committee of the Rights of the Child and team-leader of an EU-project “EU4Justice” in Georgia.

Dr Gilles JULIEN, Social Pediatrician and Clinical Director - Founder and President of the Fondation du Dr Julien

Physician, clinical director and researcher, Dr. Gilles Julien has always been driven by a deep passion and commitment to better the lives of disadvantaged children and to help them develop to their full potential. As a social pediatrician, his practice focuses on the causes of ill health in children exposed to social and economic inequalities. Visionary leader, he has developed a preventive approach based on egalitarian co-intervention, community social pediatrics, to ensure the child’s fundamental rights are respected, in accordance with the Convention of the Rights of the Child, together with Hélène (Sioui) Trudel. This innovative approach to practice medicine is quickly revolutionizing the way we care for and support the most vulnerable children and their families in Quebec.

Over the years, Dr. Julien has mobilized Montreal's underprivileged population through the establishment of three centres of expertise: Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Centre, Côtes-des-Neiges Centre and Garage à musique. His innovative approach now extends across the country through a community-based social pediatrics movement supported by the Fondation du Dr Julien. Dr. Julien’s expertise and his great contributions to society have been recognized time and time again, both nationally and internationally. His achievements have earned him some of the highest possible distinctions, including the Lieutenant Governor of Quebec’s Gold Medal, the Order of Quebec, the Order of Canada and an Ashoka Fellowship.

Najat Mjid

Mrs. Mjid Maalla was appointed in May 2008 as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. She is a paediatrician doctor and director of the CNSS Mère-Enfant Polyclinic in Casablanca. She is the founder, president and active member of the “Bayti” Association, an NGO operating in the field of family reintegration, school and socio-professional reinsertion of children in precarious situation. Mrs. Najat M’jid undertook also expertise works for international conferences and organizations concerned with child issues. She is the winner of several prizes, including Nathalie MASSE prize (International Centre for Child and Family, Paris 1997), the European social paediatrics prize (1997), the human rights prize of the French Republic (2000). She is also the writer of many articles on the exploitation of children as well as actions by civil society associations concerned with child questions.

Margaret Norrie McCAIN

The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain is a champion of Canada’s youngest citizens. Together with her husband, Wallace and her four children, she founded the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation to promote the best possible early childhood for all of Canada’s children.

Margaret was born in northern Quebec, her father was a prominent Quebec mining engineer and her mother was Senator Margaret Norrie of Truro, Nova Scotia. McCain received a Bachelor of Arts with honours in history from Mount Allison University and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Toronto.

Margaret’s concern about family violence, long before it was recognized in mainstream thinking, was evident in her term of office as the 27th Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick from June 1994 to April 1997. She was a founding member of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation whose mission is to eliminate family violence through public education and research. In 1998, Margaret McCain was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and promoted to Companion in 2013.

Margaret’s knowledge and understanding about the impact of early experiences on lifelong learning, behaviour and health are evident in the three Early Years Studies (1999, 2007 and 2011) that she authored with Fraser Mustard and her continued leadership to the Foundation.


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