Child Rights Day – 20th November


The International Child Rights Day – the 20th of November – is approaching. For almost 20 years Terre des hommes has organised street activities for raising people’s awareness of child rights. Around 100 school classes from all over Switzerland are supporting our action this year. Reward the efforts to the children and young people by visiting them at one of the locations listed below and by making a donation.

Locations of action 2015

Terre des hommes protects children such as Amira

Amira,15 years old living in Burkina Faso, has a difficult fate: At the age of 6, she has left her family in order to work as a domestic employee in slave-like conditions at a host family. From early morning until late evening, she had to work hard – cleaning, washing clothes, cooking…. she never visited a school and did never benefit from legal protection.

Such cases are not isolated. Worldwide, 17 million children works as domestic employees and are often exploited and delivered to themselves with no protection. Terre des hommes raises the awareness of these abuses and is committed to the respect of child rights.

Therefore, Terre des hommes organizes on the Child Rights Day an awareness campaign with schools and youth groups in Switzerland. Between mid to end of November 2015, the participating children and young people slip for a few hours into role of exploited children and run their activities: they perform acrobatic feats, clean shoes or offer our Terre des hommes chocolate for a donation. The collected funds will be fully attributed to our child protection projects, where Terre des hommes offers to exploited children a school or professional training.

Interactive website to understand child rights

site_screen_frA new website to learn more about Child rights is available in French Comprendre les droits de l'enfant or German Kinderrechte verstehen. It provides teachers and youth group leaders with new pedagogical tools suited to the different ages of those taking part. Because children learn better while playing, Terre des hommes developed interactive games to confront children to the reality of other children elsewhere.

If you have any questions we will be happy to answer them:, tel. 058 611 07 84, fax 058 611 06 77

Read more news on the action campaign Children’s Rights Day – 20th November.

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