About the survey
La Voz, The Voices of Children and Adolescents in Latin America
and the Caribbean, presents the results of a regional survey
conducted across 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
lunch time at a primary school in Havana, Cuba.
The poll was supported by UNICEF, country offices in the region
and the Spanish Committee for UNICEF. Representing the opinions
of 103 million children, the multi-country poll is the first initiative
of its kind.
The study took inspiration from articles 12 and 13 of the Convention
of the Rights of the Child (CRC) which state that every child
has the right to participation and freedom of expression.
The study was based on the belief that authentic participation
depends on spaces and mechanisms for genuinely listening to children,
thus facilitating their effective participation. Authentic participation
also requires that children be recognized as sources of information
and that adults actually listen to what they have to say.
more about the
The La Voz survey presents the first regional picture of
the current state of child rights in Latin America and the Caribbean
and aims to increase awareness of the many opportunities for adults
to play a role in the healthy and happy development of the children
of this region.
The regional findings show that the creation of opportunities and
places for adequate participation of children of both sexes has
fallen woefully short of the goals envisioned by the Convention.
The results pose challenges at various levels of society, especially
for government institutions, and highlight the urgent need for the
creation of spaces for the free expression and participation of
young children and adolescents in society.
The survey's objective was to gain awareness of the feelings, thoughts
and perceptions children have regarding their various life surroundings,
their needs and motivations, and whether they perceive that they
belong to a society which safeguards their rights and well-being.
This survey was based on a representative sample of 11,852 respondents
of both sexes between the ages of 9 and 18 and was conducted by
the firm, Time Research Chile, in October and November 1999.
For more information on the Latin America and the Carribean
Survey, contact Gladys Acosta
or Maria Jesus Conde, Regional
Office for the Americas and the Caribbean.
This information is provided as a contribution to
discussion on important issues affecting children. UNICEF Regional
offices conducted the polls, analysis and interpretations of the
findings. For more information, please contact the regional
poll contact person directly.