UNICEF, Telefonica Foundation, ILO, and the Social Network Sonico, announce the winners of the LACVOX Research Contest for Adolescents Communicators 2010
Panama/Madrid/Lima/October 18, 2010 – The winners of the 2010 LACVOX Research Contest for adolescent communicators were selected after a thorough deliberation by a Jury of experts from the communication field.
Submissions were received from all over Latin America and the Caribbean region. They were focused on child labour which was the theme of the second edition of this contest. The projects were received in different formats: radio, press, television, and photography in addition to handmade posters and school projects.
With support from allies such as Telefonica Foundation, UNICEF, and ILO advocate for the regional goal of eradicating the worst forms of child labour by 2015.
UNICEF and its partners promote child and adolescent participation in order to strengthen their life skills. Events such as this contest are designed to strengthen the communication abilities and social awareness of the participants to make them key players in the fulfillment of their rights.
Below the winners of the 2010 LACVOX Research Contest for the adolescent communicators:
The winners will participate in the III International Meeting against Child Labour organized by Telefonica Foundation and ILO with support from UNICEF and other organizations. This event will take place in Colombia during the first days of November 2010.
On the International Year of Youth, this experience and learning opportunity for the winners of the LACVOX Contest offers the possibility to identify solutions to the child labour problem from their own perspectives and experiences to help guarantee the rights of all children who work.
What is LACVOX?
LACVOX is a regional network of adolescent communicator networks in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is a network of networks. It is promoted by UNICEF and encourages adolescent participation within the region as one of the rights stipulated in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It promotes the abilities of its children and adolescent members to communicate with their own words the issues affecting their lifes.
For more information on the contest, visit: www.unicef.org/lac
Visit the LACVOX Blog: http://www.lacvox.net/
Visit the social network site SONICO: http://www.sonico.com/publico/unicef_lacvox
For more information
Ana María Ortiz, firstname.lastname@example.org, UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office
Tamar Hahn, email@example.com, UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office
Eva Solans, firstname.lastname@example.org, Telefonica Foundation
Pilar Nuñez, email@example.com, ILO South America, IPEC Programme
UNICEF works in more than 155 countries and territories to help guarantee to children the rights to survive and develop from infancy to adolescence. UNICEF is the largest provider of vaccines in developing countries, works to improve health and nutrition from infancy, provide quality water supply and sanitation, basic quality education for all children, and protection of children against violence, exploitation, and HIV/AIDS. UNICEF is financed entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations, and governments.
About Telefonica Foundation
Telefonica Foundation (Fundación Telefónica) directs relevant and transformative social and cultural projects, focusing on facilitating access to knowledge through innovative and integrated programmes which contribute to social progress and personal development in the countries where it operates. Its social development programs have been managed jointly with local Telefonica operators in 13 Latin American countries. The Foundation’s strategy is based on six key transnational areas with significant social impact. The focus on these interrelated areas is on education and the application of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Proniño is a social development program committed to assisting in the eradication of child labour in Latin America through high quality, sustained and sustainable schooling. In 2009, the program Proniño directly benefited 163,900 children and adolescents and was active in 4,966 schools with the collaboration of 108 NGOs.
Since its creation, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has carried out efforts for the prevention and eradication of child labour. As the only organisation of the UN with a tripartite constitution (conformed by governments and organizations of employers and workers), ILO has promoted the ratification of Conventions 138 (minimum employment age) and 182 (the worst forms of child labour). Likewise, ILO has included the theme as one of the objectives of the Hemispheric Agenda to generate decent work in the Americas for year period 2006-2015, placing it as an urgent priority for the elimination of these worst forms of child labour. Through the International Programme for the Eradication of Child Labour-IPEC- ILO concentrates its efforts to provide technical assistance to countries for the design and puts forward an effective national policy aimed at diminishing child labour progressively. It includes specialized consultancy in legislative aspects, tending the application and effective fulfillment of ILO’s fundamental conventions 138 and 182 regarding child labour.