Jerry Nussbaum

The Janusz Korczak Association of Canada

Jerry Nussbaum

The Janusz Korczak Association of Canada

Biography

Jerry Nussbaum is one of the founders of the Janusz Korczak Association of Canada and became its president in 2003. He cooperates with many Korczakians around the world, in Poland, Sweden, Germany, the United States and Israel, but his main goal is to increase awareness of Dr. Korczak’s work in Canada and to keep his vision alive by continuing to champion the cause of children’s rights. In these endavours he has forged close ties between the Janusz Korczak Association of Canada and the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, the Canadian Advocates for Children and Youth Rights, social pediatricians, social workers and children’s rights activists. Following the very successful “Janusz Korczak: His Legacy and Children’s Rights” Conference at UBC, organized by the Association in cooperation with the UBC Faculty of Education in 2012, he initiated and chaired a steering committee to create a series of six lectures entitled “How to Love a Child: the Janusz Korczak Lecture Series” at UBC, in 2015 -16, devoted to key issues crucial to the well-being and rights of children and young people today, with the philosophy of Korczak as its background. This series is now followed by the UBC Faculty of Education’s Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Lecture, Janusz Korczak, the Father of Children’s Rights: Turning Rights into Action, an annual event dedicated to examining solutions to the execution of the rights of the child. In 2015 – 16 Jerry coordinated the translation and publication of memoirs of two of the Korczak’s orphans, pupils in Korczak’s orphanage in the late thirties of the last century. The publications of these books were funded by the Advocate for Children and Youth Rights of Ontario. The JKA has also established a yearly Janusz Korczak Graduate Scholarship at the UBC Faculty of Education for a doctoral student working in the field of children’s rights.  Last year the association awarded the first Janusz Korczak Medal to Melanie Mark, MLA, for working towards improving children’s rights in ways that encourage love for children, listening to children, fostering healthy children’s lives, and building capacities in children, in the spirit of Doctor Korczak.

All session by Jerry Nussbaum