UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean


UNICEF, the Telefonica Foundation, ILO, and the SONICO Social Network Announce the Second Season of the LACVOX Research Contest for Adolescent Communicators

The 2010 LACVOX Contest, promoted by UNICEF and ILO, sponsored by Telefonica Foundation, and supported by the  SONICO Social Network, wants to raise awareness to children and society about the issues of child labour and the rights of children.


Panama, Madrid, Lima, August 9, 2010 – The LACVOX Regional Network of Adolescent Communicators launches the second season of the LACVOX Research Contest. This years’ theme is the rights of children to an education and a healthy development without child labour.


UNICEF and ILO share the regional goal in seeking to eradicate the worst forms of child labour by 2015 and all forms of child labour by 2020. Both are supported by partners such as the Telefonica Foundation and Sonico Social Network to guarantee the rights of children throughout the region.


The contest commemorates the United Nations’ International Year of Youth, which advocates for the value of young people’s contribution in the creation of policies, programmes, and constructive projects for their development.


The contest will be accepting entries from participants until September 24, 2010. Adolescents should respond to questions related to the issue of child labour and must contribute with solutions from their perspective that could help guarantee the rights of children who do work.


The contest is free and open to all adolescents in the region from 9 to 18 years old. Participants can opt to produce their own entries as individuals, groups, or schools either in Spanish, English, or Portuguese within these categories that the contest admits:


9-14 years of age:

• Prize for the best radio report

• Prize for the best press release

• Prize for the best TV report

• Prize for the best photographic report

• Prize for the best poster


15-18 years of age:

• Prize for the best radio report

• Prize for the best press release

• Prize for the best TV report

• Prize for the best photographic report

• Prize for the best poster


The judges will evaluate the investigative method, the information included, the originality, and the creativity of the materials submitted in relation to the contest´s theme: child labour and the rights of children.


The winners will have the opportunity to travel to Bogota, Colombia on November 3 and 4 to present their proposals during the III International Meeting against Child Labour, sponsored by Telefonica Foundation with support from ILO. Furthermore, during their participation in the Meeting, the winners will be able to discuss with experts and contribute with their possible solutions on the issue of child labour. The winners will also be trained in the production of audiovisual materials and will cover the events of the III Child Labour Meeting as adolescent journalists as part of their learning experience.


What is LACVOX?

LACVOX is a regional network of adolescent communicator networks in Latin America and the Caribbean. 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. The network promotes the strengthening of the capabilities of its children and adolescent members.


For more information on the contest, visit:

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, aortiz@unicef.org, UNICEF Regional Office of Latin America and the Caribbean

Tamar Hahn, thahn@unicef.org, UNICEF Regional Office of Latin America and the Caribbean

Diana Hincapié, diana.hincapiecastilla@telefonica.es, Telefonica Foundation

Pilar Nuñez, nunez@oit.org.pe, ILO Program IPEC South America




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 Telefónica 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

About ILO
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.





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