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Participants of the LACVOX Research Contest have one more week to present their journalistic projects about child labour

· The organizers of the LACVOX contest 2010, UNICEF, Telefonica Foundation and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have extended the deadline to accept entries from September 24 to October 1.


· The contest winners will attend the III International Meeting on Child Labour as guests. This meeting is organized by Telefonica Foundation, ILO and UNICEF and will take place the 3rd and 4th of November in Bogota, Colombia.


· The contest commemorates the UN International Youth Year which gives value to the contributions of the youth to the creation of policies and projects favorable for their development.


Panama, Madrid, Lima September 24, 2010 – Children and adolescents communicators, between the ages of 9 and 18 years old who want to present their journalistic projects to the LACVOX Contest will have one more week to do it. The organizers of the contest, UNICEF, Telefonica Foundation, and ILO have extended the deadline until October the 1st to give more contestants the opportunity to participate. LACVOX is a regional network of adolescents’ communicators’ in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is fostered by UNICEF which promotes the strengthening of children and adolescents capacities enshrined within the Convention on the Rights of the Child.


The contest is free of charge and is open to all Latin American and the Caribbean Adolescents. Its main topic is child labour. The participants will be able to present radio reports, press reports, television reports, drawings, photos, and best school project with the objective of showing a social reality: child labour.


The contestants must answer questions in relation to the problematic of child labour and provide solutions that would help guarantee the rights of children who work from their perspective.


LACVOX adolescents make public through the media and the new information technology the social problems that surround them. The members of the jury will evaluate the research method, the information processing, originality, and the creativity under which the child labour topic is approached in relation to children rights. The projects may be presented individually, by groups or schools and in Spanish, English or Portuguese according to the categories admitted by the contest (http://www.concursolacvox.org/)


9 – 14 years old Category

· Best radio report award

· Best press report award

· Best TV report award

· Best photo report award

· Best poster award


15 – 18 years old Category

· Best radio report award

· Best press report award

· Best TV report award

· Best photo report award

· Best poster award



The winners will be announced during the first 15 days of October. The 12 awarded adolescents will attend the III International Meeting against Child Labour as guests. This meeting is organized by Telefonica Foundation and ILO and will take place the 3rd and 4th of November in Bogota, Colombia. Throughout the meeting, the winners will be able to debate about their projects with experts and provide their contributions in order to identify combined solutions.



The International Summit against Child Labour “Networks and Innovations for the prevention and eradication of Child Labour” to which the winners of the LACVOX Contest will participate as guests, reaches its third edition and has become one of the biggest impact and participation forums that deal with this problem in Latin America. The meeting's objective is to consolidate an international network of people and organizations to exchange concepts and knowledge management, and reach commitments and sustained bonds with the purpose of transforming society through initiatives that contribute to the compliance of the Millenium Development Goals to help eradicate Child Labour in Latin America.


The three convener organizations, Telefonica Foundation, UNICEF, and the ILO share the regional goal of eradicating the worst forms of child labour by 2015 and all the forms of child labour by 2020.


For more information about the contest https://www.unicef.org/lac

Visit the LACVOX blog http://www.lacvox.net/

Visit the Social Network Sonico http://www.sonico.com/publico/unicef_lacvox


For more information:

Ana Maria Ortiz, aortiz@unicef.org,  UNICEF Regional Office Latin America and the Caribbean.

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

Eva Solansgalobart, eva.solansgalobart@telefonica.es, Telefonica Foundation.

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





UNICEF is on the ground in over 155 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.



The Telefonica Foundation fosters the development of a social action and relevant culture, transforming, and focused to facilitate the access to knowledge from an innovating, integrated and global way in order to improve the quality of life of people. The social action of the Telefonica Foundation takes place in 13 Latin American countries in collaboration with local operators of the company.


The labor of the the Telefonica Foundation develops through six great transnational areas that interact among each other and that have as an strategic focus education and the application of Information Technologies and Communications (ITC). Among them stands out Proniño, a social development program that seeks to contribute significantly to the eradication of child labour in Latin America throughout a sustainable and quality education.


In July 2010, the program Proniño directly benefited 182.428 children and adolescents in 3.972 schools in collaboration with 115 NGO’s.


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