Children and Adolescents from 10 States of the Country won the contest La Escuela que es Mi Casa

As a result of the call for the contest La Escuela que es Mi Casa, organized by El Pitazo and UNICEF Venezuela, 302 works were received from children and adolescents from 18 states of Venezuela

25 February 2021
Imagen nota de prensa ganadores
Gabriela Vásquez, 14 años, ganadora del 2do. lugar del grupo 13 – 16 años del concurso La escuela que es mi casa.

The contest La Escuela que es Mi Casa, organized by El Pitazo and UNICEF Venezuela, presents its winners. Aragua, Carabobo, Amazonas, Zulia, Guárico, Bolívar, Táchira, Lara, Miranda and the Capital District are the home of origin of the winning works. A total of 18 boys, girls, and adolescents are the winners in the first edition of this project, which has the experience with education from home.

The school that is my home was conceived with the idea of ​​awakening in childhood and adolescence an interest in the exciting world of writing. Also with the desire to know what it has been like to learn away from school and how they imagine going back to the classroom.

The aim of these activities is to promote the practice of reading and writing because they are essential skills for cognitive development, the efficient learning of children and adolescents, and the promotion of their right to participation.

Of 302 works received by e-mail, 99 were pre-selected for the final stage, during which the winners of each category were selected: poetry, comic strip, and a short story. The works that reached this round met all the requirements established by the qualifying jury in the contest rules.

The coordinator of the contest and Quality Manager of El Pitazo, Loly Añez, highlights that the works received were moving, shocking and inspiring. "It was a good idea to give children and young people the opportunity to tell how they have been in this process of learning at home since the beginning of the pandemic. It was a successful experience," he added.

For UNICEF Venezuela, the receptivity of the call, which was attended by dozens of students from different states of Venezuela, demonstrates the importance of children and adolescents having spaces in which they can express how they feel.

"We express our commitment to continue promoting the right to participation of children and accompany families and teachers in this process of school at home", highlights Rocio Ortega, Chief of Communication for UNICEF Venezuela.

Selection of winning works

The contest was divided into two age groups: a first group from 10 to 12 years old and a second group from 13 to 16 years old. Contestants could participate with a comic, poetry, or story that answered one of these questions: how do you feel about learning from home? How do you imagine your return to school will be? What can you do to make that reunion with school the way you imagine?

The winning works were selected for their originality and creativity, coherence of content, adherence to the theme of the proposal, and agreement between the submitted proposal and the requirements of the call.

Winners of La escuela que es Mi Casa

Comic Category

Group 1 (10 to 12 years old):

  1. Shanthal Rojas.
  2. Camila Quevedo.
  3. Anferny Palacios.

Group 2 (13 to 16 years old):

  1. Joselyn Mesa.
  2. Gabriela Vásquez.
  3. Gabriel Moncada.

Poetry Category

Group 1 (10 to 12 years old):

  1. Josue Sánchez.
  2. Mirialfri Carvajal.
  3. Italia Parra.

Group 2 (13 to 16 years old):

  1. Leonardo Zapata.
  2. Carlos Urbina.
  3. Oriana Godoy.

Story Category

Group 1 (10 to 12 years old):

  1. Valeria Díaz.
  2. Eleomar Quintero.
  3. Agustín Jiménez.

Group 2 (13 to 16 years old):

  1. Jhosmary Flores.
  2. Elías Haig.
  3. Josbely Fernández.

Prizes

First place: The first place winners in each category will receive a smartphone, a dongle (wifi hotspot), UNICEF articles, books, publication of their story on the El Pitazo and UNICEF portal, and a notebook from El Pitazo. In addition, they will be interviewed and published in El Pitazo.

Second place: Second place winners in each category will receive a smartphone, books, publication of their story on the El Pitazo and UNICEF portal, and an El Pitazo notebook. In addition, they will be interviewed and published in El Pitazo.

Third place: Those selected in this category will receive a dongle (wifi spot), books, the publication of their story on the El Pitazo and UNICEF portal, and a notebook from El Pitazo. In addition, they will be interviewed and published in El Pitazo.

Media contacts

Marielba Núñez
Communication Officer
UNICEF Venezuela
Tel: +58 424 2690357

About UNICEF

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries and territories together with allies of governments, the private sector, and organized society, to promote the fulfillment of the rights of all children and adolescents around the world.

UNICEF has been working in Venezuela since 1991 through a Country Program that is agreed upon and signed with the National Government, transforming the commitment into actions that contribute to the protection and strengthening of the rights of children and adolescents.

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