Art and Development


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


Strengthening the resilience and coping mechanism of refugee and migrant minors, and promoting their emotional, cognitive, motor development and their social inclusion.

Beneficiaries throughout the project (2020-2022)

  • 4 core staff (10-20 additional staff) per year of 3/4 Federal and Cantonal shelters through In-depth Technical Support and Training;
  • 2-5 core staff per year of 6/10 Federal and Cantonal Asylum Shelters through Creative Activity Support and Training;
  • Approximately 300 Child asylum-seekers and refugees per year, in Federal Asylum Shelters;
  • Approximately 30 Child asylum-seekers and refugees per year, in Cantonal Asylum Shelters.


In 2020-2022, Save the Children Schweiz also with Alta Mane support, aims to develop and implement the program “Supporting Refugee Children in Switzerland: Child Rights and Protection in Swiss Asylum Shelters”, a holistic program for the protection and promotion of the rights of children on the move, located in the collective Federal and Cantonal Asylum Shelters in Switzerland. More particularly, this program foresees the following main activities:

  • To coach the Shelter Staff to autonomously run Child-Friendly Spaces (CFS), to develop and implement arts-based pedagogical activities that are tailored to the needs of the minors in asylum shelters by means of the Creative Tool Kit and Activity Box;
  • To replicate and scale the Creative Tool Kit and Activity Box and make it available to Federal and Cantonal asylum shelters and other organizations in the field of childcare;
  • To train focal persons to oversee the Child-Friendly Spaces and ensure that quality childcare and protection standards are upheld;
  • To strengthen the advocacy, enhance networking and share best practices in the field of child protection and child rights in the asylum and migration sector.

To that end, between January-March 2020, Save the Children ran one-day training as launch of the “in-depth technical support” to set and manage 2 CFS in 2 Federal Asylum Shelters for 6 Staff Members and two Creative Support Trainings to two Shelters (1 cantonal, 1 federal) for 9 Staff Members in total. During the COVID-19 lockdown (March-June 2020), in order to continue to give psychosocial support to migrant and refugee children, amidst the global pandemic, developed and produced 5 Emergency Learn and Play Kits which were sent to 90 structures, of which 50 shelters for migrants and asylum seekers, in 18 Swiss Cantons, thus reaching more than 1’300 children. In parallel, has participated in the drafting of the NGO Report for the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in collaboration with the Swiss Children’s Rights Network as well as has developed a manual for conducting 4 workshops on children’s rights with the active participation of children (Participatory Child and Youth Report). At the end of June 2020, the manual was used during a first pilot workshop held at the Cantonal Asylum Shelter of Degenbalm (Canton of Schwyz) in presence of 12 children and 9 caregivers/parents.


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. Alta Mane supports Save the Children Switzerland since 2016.