Children’s Rights Day – 20th November
Thousands of children and young people took to the streets of Switzerland in protest against exploitation.
For the seventeenth consecutive year, to mark the International Children’s Rights Day, Terre des hommes did work on a national awareness campaign to highlight the exploitation to which 168 million children around the world are exposed.
Between 17th and 21st November 2014, in more than 80 locations all over Switzerland, more than 3600 pupils did take part in the action campaign by holding information stands, cleaning shoes, washing windscreens or revealing their artistic talents. Why are they doing this? In order to make passers-by aware of the misery inflicted upon millions of children who work under conditions which compromise their education and cause damage to their health, safety or moral development.
Over the months of October and November 2014, Terre des hommes youth leaders visited 84 classes and used role play to bring up the problem of child exploitation.
The funds raised by this event have been channelled into child protection projects. You can find further details on the children at work projects in Burkina Faso, Colombia, Nepal, the Palestinian territories, Togo and Morocco.
New website to understand child rights
A new website to learn more about Child rights is now 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 recently developed interactive games to confront children to the reality of other children elsewhere.
For the 25th UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Terre des hommes is running a competition in Swiss high-schools. This competition is aimed at educating young people and encouraging them to think and take part in fruitful exchanges on the subject of children's rights with the subsequent aim of educating the Swiss population on this subject.
In total 9 groups took part in the competition. They presented their projects during the week of the 20th November 2014. A jury of experts will examine the projects presented and award the prize title of ‘Ambassadors for Child Rights’.
Thanks to the support of partners, the winning group and their supervising teacher will have the opportunity to go out into the field to visit one of Tdh’s projects. In this way they will be able to find out more about the activities set up by the NGO to improve children’s living conditions.
Over the weekend of 19th and 26th November 2014, the Tdh volunteers groups organised stands to raise awareness on children’s rights. Organic and Fair-trade milk chocolate bars, produced with great care and passion by the Schönberger chocolaterie in Luzern, have been sold to passers-by.
Other businesses did also show their solidarity by adding these chocolate bars to their range of products as from 18th November. This third sale of chocolate has also been supported by the following businesses: the shops Nature & Découvertes, the bookshops Payot, the restaurant Tiff-In, the museums MUDAC and Elysée, as well as the chemist Pharmacie Plus du Flon in Lausanne.
Motivated employees from Zurich Assurance did renew their support and did sell Terre des hommes chocolate as part of the company volunteer scheme in Vevey and Morges.
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