December 10

December 10th is Human Rights Day, there is a Human Rights Day Writing contest for children 8 - 18 years old on Human Rights and Poverty.

Here's the deal:
"As you know, the United Nations celebrates the International Day for Human Rights on 10 December. This year’s theme is Human Rights and Poverty. To mark this day, a writing contest for children and youth between 8 and 18 years old is being organized throughout the world with entries in any of the six official UN languages. The entry, one page only (maximum 800 words) should be e-mailed to before 10 December 2006.
It would be greatly appreciated if you could widely disseminate the following information to your counterparts, schools, NGOs working with children and youth, public libraries to motivate children and youth to participate to this context and to suggest ways to fight poverty as a matter of obligation,
as a human right.

More than one in six people in the world live in poverty – that is, less than $1 per day. But poverty is not only about having no money. It is also about not having the materials and resources to fulfill a person’s basic needs – it is about human rights.

To enter the Human Rights and Poverty writing competition, participants should:
1) Be between the ages 8-18 years old
2) Send their entry by e-mail to with the subject header “Human Rights Day 2006”

The participants can choose one of the following two topics to write about:

1) Pick one article from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and use an example from real-life to illustrate how the violation of this rights is a consequence of living in poverty. Participants are encouraged to include any suggestions they may have on how poverty can be reduced so that this right is not violated;
2) .Pick one article from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and use an example from real-life to illustrate how the violation of this right can cause poverty. They can include any suggestions they may have on what can be done to protect this right so that it does not lead to poverty.

Entries should be one page only (maximum 800 word) and can be written in one of the six UN official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish

Evaluation of entries:
Entries will be judged on: (1) writing style; (2) originality; (3) how well the participant answered the question listed above.

Three winning entries will be chosen from each of the following age group region:
1) Latin America and the Caribbean,
2) Arab States,
3) Asia and the Pacific,
4) North America,
5) Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States,
6) Africa

One winning entry will be chosen in each of the following age group region:
1) 8-12 years old
2) 13-15 years old
3) 16-18 years old

Each winner will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, together with a prize pack. All winning entries will be published on the UN Cyberschoolbus website.

Entries for the Human Rights and Poverty Writing Contest 2005 must be sent by e-mail, to with the header Human Rights Day 2006, not later than the International Human Rights Day, 10 December, with their full name, home address and date of birth.

For more information, please consult:

NB: Attached is the announcement for the writing contest in three languages (Arabic, English and French ) for easy dissemination.

Many thanks for your cooperation

Best regards"

So if any one is interested, try and apply. Maybe your young brother or sister can write it if you're older than the stated age.

3 Responses to “December 10”

  1. # Blogger acidFOG

    "childer between 8 and 18"?? dude if u wrote that a year ago i would've killed u, i'm 19 now, and when I was 18 i didnt let anyone consider me as a child!!! anyway, nice post, and thx for the info!  

  2. # Blogger omery15

    Dude :D, i got this by email and ill i did was copy-paste... im glad your 19 cause i would rather stay alive :P  

  3. # Blogger omery15

    its *all i did  

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