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    Voices of Youth.

    Longatti A

    Development. 2000 Mar; 43(1):109-13.

    This article reports the innovative Internet project sponsored by the UN International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) called Voices of Youth (VOY). VOY has been linking young people in over 100 countries, offering children and youth the right to express their opinions. The Web site ( contains three main areas, specifically the meeting place, learning place, and teacher's place. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is used as the basis for both the content and learning approach of VOY. The Internet program encourages both youth-to-youth and youth-to-policy-maker dialogues. UNICEF country offices and nongovernmental agencies facilitate the live Internet chats on several issues including education, health, protection from violence, gender, and politics. Private schools with computer access have partnered with under-resourced public schools to enable them to participate in the program. Finally, the development of this innovative technology promotes the fundamental right of young people to express their views, which is essential to their human development.
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