The project in summary

Develop and implement 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.

The project in detail

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

  • 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; and 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, 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; as well as to train focal persons to oversee the CFS and ensure that quality childcare and protection standards are upheld;
  • 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 strengthen the advocacy, enhance networking and share best practices in the field of child protection and child rights in the asylum and migration sector.

In 2020, ran one training as launch of the “in-depth technical support” to set and manage 2 CFS in 2 Asylum Shelters (1 federal in Boudry, 1 cantonal in Fribourg) for 2 Shelter Directors and 11 Staff Members, as well as one Creative Support Training to 5 Asylum Shelters (3 cantonal Shelters in Canton of Zürich, and 2 federal Shelters in Canton of Ticino) for 2 Shelter Directors and 18 Staff Members, also reaching 16 staff of AOZ, a Zurich shelter organization. In parallel, has finalized 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 designed the Child and Youth Participatory Report, gathering the voices of 67 children and youth (5-18 ages) and 2 young adults (19-20 ages) in 7 Asylum Shelters in 4 cantons of the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Both reports will be submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in May 2021. During the COVID-19 lockdown (Spring and Fall 2020), in order to continue to give psychosocial support to migrant and refugee children, amidst the global pandemic, developed 7 Emergency Learn and Play Kits which were sent to 90 structures, of which 50 shelters for migrants and asylum seekers, in 18 Cantons, thus reaching more than 1’400 children (3-17 ages), as well as an Emergency Quarantine Box, reaching approximately 1’000 children (3-17 ages) in 31 Shelters in 11 Cantons (German, French and Italian speaking part of Switzerland).