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The right to play

LACVOX Media Advisory call for friends and advocates

Monday, July 18, 2011

What? - Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of Children, recognizes the right of the child to engage in play and  age appropriate recreational activities. Therefore, UNICEF invites all children and adolescents and friends of LACVOX to send in pictures describing why and how recreational activities and play benefit their education and wellbeing.

When? - From Monday July 18, to Monday August 1, 2011.

Why? – Because by playing and participating in recreational activities and safe and inclusive sports children learn to respect and accept diversity amongst players. They learn how to make decisions and solve problems in a strategic manner.  Leadership, cultural diversity and cooperation are lessons learnt while playing. At the same time physical and mental capabilities are improved. Sports are important for the development and education of every child. The fact that children and adolescents can play and engage in recreational activities helps increase their self-esteem.

The goal of this Media Advisory is to encourage children and adolescents` participation and to obtain direct feed-back on the importance of play and recreational activities in children`s lives.

As a LACVOX friend what can you do?

1. Take your own photograph(s) about your favorite game and/or recreational activity and send them to lacvox@unicef.org

2. Pictures must “tell” a story. You can send up to three photos about the same story and a 140 words (maximum) description or caption related to the photos.

3. Pictures must describe how boys, girls and adolescents play together and how diversity improves or does not improve the game or activity.

4. Photos can capture the activities in your neighborhood, school or community. These photos must convey your opinion on why you believe sports and games promote respect and peaceful relations among players.

5. You may want to make sure the images in your photos answer the following six key questions: What? Where? How? Why? When?  By whom?

•        LACVOX will receive pictures taken from your cell phone and/or still camera.
•        Please include your name, country and age together with the photos.
•        Delivery date: August 1, 2011

For further information and to send your materials please contact:
Ana Maria Ortiz, lacvox@unicef.org



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