The Situation in Switzerland
The organisation Save the Children published in their November magazine 2014 that 18.8% of all children in Switzerland are threatened by poverty and social rejection – that means 300’000 girls and boys between the ages of 0 and 19. Especially children coming from socially neglected families, with single parents or with immigrant backgrounds are at risk. In 2013, Switzerland was home to 9532 officially recognised minor refugees. In the canton of Zurich 4860 refugees under the age of seven were reported by the end of May 2017.
The Situation in Germany
A third of all refugees who arrive in Germany are children or teenagers. According to estimates, over 65’000 refugee children are presently in Germany without a certain residence permit status. Those are the conclusions of the UNICEF report “In erster Linie Kinder” published in 2014. Adding to that, there are around 1,64 million boys and girls who, according to the German Federal Employment Agency, are dependant on Hartz IV.
Children affected by poverty are at a greater risk of receiving an inadequate education and are often hindered to participate in sports or cultural extra-curricular activities. That is why DIE BUCHPATEN turn to caritative institutions, the responsible government bodies, communities and kindergartens in the form of cooperations to reach this target group.
An Option and a Chance: Picture Books
Picture books are a low-threshold way to spark an undying enthusiasm for reading. Children and adults alike are able to comprehend the story through the accompanying pictures, even if they do not fully understand the text. Picture books appeal to one’s senses and are entertaining.
Central to DIE BUCHPATEN is the direct contact to the children and their families. The children receive new books on a regular basis, as picture books can be the key to further language acquisition and to enter the world of books and reading and thus to greater educational opportunities. Furthermore, next to the book gifts, the children and their parents also receive attention and appreciation during our participation readings.