The Creative Tool Kit and Activity Box is a key element to support the wellbeing of children and youth in refugee shelters and to foster their resilience by means of creative activities. The Creative Tool Kit and Activity Box was born out of the Child-and-Youth Friendly Spaces (CFS), an internationally recognized program successfully implemented by Save the Children in Switzerland since 2016.
The project aims to:
- Expand and replicate the use of arts-based best practices with refugee children and youth in collective shelters
- Train shelter operator staff to implement a structured artistic program with children and youth and guarantee its long-term sustainability
- Increase the number of refugee children and youth who enjoy the benefits of the Creative Tool Kit and Activity Box and are supported in their social, emotional, cognitive and motor development
- Sensitize the government agencies to the need, urgency and benefit of quality care for children in shelters for asylum seekers and urge them to take action to keep high child-protection standards and expand them to further shelters.
- Thousands of accompanied and unaccompanied refugee children and youth living in collective shelters for asylum seekers in Switzerland;
- 40 Shelter Staff in at least 4 collective shelters.
In 2018, Save the Children Switzerland, with Alta Mane’s support, developed a Creative Tool Kit and Activity Box intended for shelter operator staff to provide them with a catalogue of age-appropriate activities for children and youth. For this purpose, best practices of artistic and creative activities were selected, which had previously been tested in the framework of the pilot project Child-and-Youth Friendly Spaces led in the Federal Reception Center in Bern. At the same time, a catalogue of activities on the use of the Creative Tool Kit and Activity Box was developed and a mobile prototype of the Box was assembled for training and replication purposes. In 2019, Save the Children Switzerland foresees to replicate the Creative Tool Kit and Activity Box and expand its use to further shelters as well as to sensitize the government agencies on the urgency to provide high child-protection standards to vulnerable minors in collective shelters for asylum seekers. To reach these goals, they foresee the following activities: Capacity Building Trainings intended to 40 shelter staff in at least 4 collective shelters; the inclusion of the tools of the Creative Tool Kit and Activity Box into the global Save the Children Child-Friendly Spaces toolkit; capitalization and advocacy actions, on communal, cantonal and national levels.
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.