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Engaging Children
2nd International Conference of the Child Friendly Asia Pacific Network
Surakarta City, Indonesia 30 June – 2 July 2011


The 2nd Child Friendly Asia Pacific International conference, through the generous support of the Indonesian governments Ministry for Woman’s Empowerment and Child Protection will be held in Surakarta City, Indonesia in late June. The focus of the conference will be on engaging children including supporting the role of children as active citizens and working with children to evaluate the quality of their environments. In addition to formal conference presentations delegates will have the opportunity to meet and engage in hands-on research activities with local children in the city, take field trips, be a dinner guest of the Minister of Woman’s Empowerment and Child Protection and enjoy a cultural night with the Mayor of Surakarta City.

Keynote speakers over the three-days include:
Dr. Judith Ennew, Researcher with the NGO Knowing Children, Bangkok, Thailand, and co-author Children as Active Citizens
Professor Roger Hart, Co-Director, Children Environments Research Group, City University of New York and author of the seminal UNICEF publication Children’s Participation
Professor Karen Malone, Researcher, University of Western Sydney, CFAP Network Chair
Professor Ricardo Henriques, State Secretary of Social Welfare and Human Rights, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Professor Economics Science at Universidade Federal Fluminense

In addition to the main program and presentations child friendly city delegates from across the globe a special two-day symposium on Children and Risk in Natural Disasters will be chaired by Dr Julie Rudner and Dr Kumi Tashiro with panel members from Japan, Indonesia and New Zealand speaking on current activities in these countries to support children during and in the recovery of natural disasters. An executive meeting for CFAP as well as a special session on the CFAP accreditation program that will include panel presentations from key staff in regional UNICEF offices will also be held. There will be opportunities for delegates to present papers and a call for abstracts is now open. If you would like to present please send a 200 word abstract of your paper, paper title, identification of themed session to participate in and your contact details to by May 20, 2011. Themed sessions include: Engaging children’s views or Planning for and with children, and the special symposium session: Children, Risk and Natural Disasters.

Conference Fee: $500 AUD (includes field trip, all lunches and dinners on both nights)

If you would like to only participate in the conference please send your contact details so you are on the mailing list to receive further information:

Endah Sri Rejeki ( or Karen Malone (

CFP – Engaging Children