Art and Development


Sector: Art and Development Ongoing Country: Switzerland Project status: Ongoing Partner: Save the Children
  • Save the Children
  • Save the Children


The “Creative Tool Kit and Activity Box” is a key element to The Child-and-Youth Friendly Spaces, an internationally recognized program successfully implemented by Save the Children in Switzerland, since 2015, to support children and youth in refugee shelters.

The project aims to:

  • Develop and implement psychosocial support activities through the arts to address the specific support and protection needs of refugee children and youth;
  • Provide easy-to-use guidance for Shelter staff on how to run age-appropriate, structured and meaningful creative and artistic activities to maximize the positive impact of the tools on the beneficiaries;
  • Train Shelter Operators at federal and cantonal level on the use of these tools so that they can autonomously implement a structured artistic program and guarantee its long-term sustainability;
  • Strengthen the resilience and coping mechanism of refugee children and youth, and promote their development and inclusion.


Accompanied and unaccompanied refugee children and youth living in collective shelters for asylum seekers in Switzerland.


Between September and December 2018, Save the Children, also with Alta Mane support, will develop the following activities:

  • Assemble the Best Practices of inclusive, culturally sensitive and age-appropriate artistic and creative activities that nurture social, emotional, cognitive and motor development;
  • Develop a catalogue of activities to be used with different age groups and easy-to-use guidance on the use of the Creative Tool Kit and Activity Box;
  • Develop Capacity Building Trainings for Shelter staff to promote the Creative Tool Kit and Activity Box.


Save the Children’s ambition is to assure that every child – especially the most deprived – is protected, provided with a good quality basic education and receives health services so that they can optimally unfold their potential. The child rights organization has been having a positive impact on the livelihoods of children around the world since 1919. In Switzerland the organization has been active since 2006.


Fondation Alta Mane already supported, between June and August 2018, the program Child-and-Youth Friendly Spaces, implemented by Save the Children, in the Federal Reception Center in Bern. For more information, please click on the following link.