Gender equity expert, Dr. Shirley Miske, Miske Witt and Associates Inc. (MWAI), St. Paul, MN, will keynote the 2nd International Symposium on Children at Risk and in Need of Protection in Ankara, Turkey on April 24, 2010. The symposium, sponsored by the Turkish National Parliament, National Police, Ministry of National Education and UNICEF, has chosen "Safe Environments - Safe Schools" as the focus of this year's conference. Dr. Miske is speaking at the request of UNICEF. MWAI President Miske has worked tirelessly to promote inclusive education internationally for over fifteen years. Of particular interest to members of the symposium is her work with Child-Friendly Schools and her research in quality educational programming and standards.
"Violence against girls and boys, especially in schools and in any form, is an international outrage and an egregious human rights violation. UNICEF's support for this collaboration among the Turkish Parliament, the National Police, and Ministry of National Education to plan a strategy of research and action is a critical step in dealing with this violence. I am honored to speak on behalf of children everywhere, advocating for the essential right to a quality education in a safe, secure environment".
The symposium, conducted April 24 - 26, 2010, is being held in conjunction with National Sovereignty and Children's Day (April 23), which has been celebrated in Turkey since 1935.
Click the link to read the text of Dr. Shirley Miske's keynote speech: Child-Friendly Schools - Safe Schools