The Swiss Charity Concert supports the child rights organization Save the Children Switzerland. All proceeds of the concert go to a selected project of the organization.Find out more
The Right to Learn – also for Children in Conflict Zones
More than 420 million children worldwide are living in a conflict zone. This means: nearly one-fifth of all children worldwide grow up in a region affected by war or armed conflict. The nature of conflict – and its devastating impact on children – is evolving. They last much longer, are increasingly urban and more directly hit the civil society. In today’s armed conflicts, there is often no longer a clearly demarcated battlefield: children’s homes and schools are the battlefield.
An estimated 75 million children currently affected by conflict do not have access to education.
If schools are the target for bomb attacks, they are no longer a safe place for children. Children are injured and killed in attacks and can no longer attend the destroyed schools. Children who have to leave their homes with their families often have no access to education while fleeing or living in refugee camps.
Save the Children wants to ensure, that those children have access to education as well. We build Child Friendly Spaces and Temporary Learning Centers where children are cared for and supported in a safe and child-friendly environment. They receive school lessons and school supplies. These are places where children can simply be children again and receive support to process their often traumatic experiences.
One of them is eleven year-old Saja. For six months, she lived under shelling in her hometown in Iraq. She had to flee with her family to a refugee camp where her future is uncertain. The only way for her to continue her education is to attend a Save the Children Child Friendly Space. There, she has a safe place to learn, play and be a child again.
Save the Children believes that every child deserves a future and we want to ensure that children in conflict zones are protected and have access to school. Because safe schools are where children’s dreams and potential take shape and become real.
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War on Children
One in six children across the world are living in conflict areas, and children are more at risk in conflict now than at any time in the last 20 years. From Syria to South Sudan, Yemen to DRC, children are caught up in violence, which is not of their making. Children are being killed and maimed, raped and recruited, and being denied aid and medical care. Warring parties are bombing schools and hospitals on a scale not seen for decades.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Standing on the sidelines is no longer an option. We have the power to make change happen. Now is the time to end the killing of children at their school desks and in their hospital beds. We must protect children in armed conflict.
Save the Children is calling on states, militaries and all actors with influence over the lives of children in conflict, to commit to take practical action in four key areas:
- Preventing children being put at risk
- Uphold international laws and standards
- Holding violators to account
- Rebuilding shattered lives
More information including Save the Children’s War on Children Report can be found here.
Every Last Child
Every child deserves a chance to grow up healthy, learning and safe. Yet millions of children are left behind —because of who they are or where they’re born.
Through the global campaign “Every Last Child”, Save the Children works to ensure the world’s children have what every child deserves – a future. The campaign will tackle the key reasons children are left behind, and will work to ensure 15 million children have access to lifesaving health care and quality education. By 2030, Save the Children will strive to prevent the deaths of 600,000 children and give 50 million more children the opportunity to learn.
More information can be found here.
Child Friendly Spaces
The purpose of a Child Friendly Space is to provide children with a protected environment in which they can participate in organized activities to play, socialize, learn, and express themselves as they rebuild their lives. Child Friendly Spaces are one of Save the Children’s key programmatic interventions to protect children from physical harm and psychosocial distress and to help them continue learning and developing both during and immediately after an emergency.
Support of a project for refugee children in Italy
In 2015, all proceeds of the concert went to a project to help refugee children arriving in Italy. Save the Children, in collaboration with the Italian authorities, looks after the needs of arriving children in Sicily (including Lampedusa), Calabria and Puglia. The organization ensures that children and families receive the necessary care and monitors the standards and child protection mechanisms in the reception camps.
Project for Syrian refugee children in Jordan
With conflict continuing to rage across the region, the recent influx of Iraqi and Syrian refugees into Jordan has added to the vulnerability of both refugee and Jordanian children and families. The Jordanian government is struggling to provide basic health, food and social services to both citizens and refugees. In response, Save the Children provides aid, education and protection to children in need.
2011 & 2012
Project in Ohn Pin on Lake Inle in Myanmar
With the generous donations of the Swiss Charity Concert 2011 and 2012 not only a kindergarten in Ohn Pin could be built and 25 preschool children could be enrolled, furthermore a missing water supply was installed and sustainably improved. In addition, a program was launched to build targeted income-generating activities for parents from the extremely poor regions.