7th World Peace Forum @ Palazzo dei Congressi, Lugano


What is a human right? And what does it mean to have ones human rights denied? These warm-up questions were posed to the studentsduring the seventh edition of the World Peace Forum, organized by the Associazione Culture Ticino Network at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Lugano, on 13.11.2017.


A full day of peace and solidarity dedicated to hundreds of students from Ticino. The workshop presented by COOPI Suisse was devoted to raise awareness about the drama of child soldiers in the world. After some moments of reflection, the boys and girls were given the opportunity to participate actively in an initiative known as the “Red Hand Campaign“, a campaign held annually on the International Day against Child Soldiers, on the 12th of February.


To attract people’s attention, especially from politicians, thousands of kids around the world participate in this campaign by leaving their hand print in red ink on a paper sheet. The ultimate goal of the campaign is to deliver these red hands to either the mayor of the city, or to the foreign affairs department of the country or to those authorities that can promote a change for minors who are subject of being recruited by armed forces.


Thanks to the interest and participation of so many children during the World Peace Forum, we were able to collect a total of 150 red hands!




Have a look at the interview from the RSI, one of the main Swiss public broadcasting organizations, with COOPI’s Training Manager, Andrea Mussi, and some moments of the workshop organized by COOPI Suisse: 

To know more about the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, please visit the official website of the Red Hand Campaign


Thanks again to the classes 1B and 1D of the secondary school of Massagno for their red hands!

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