World Peace Forum 2017

Together with the students from Ticino against the use of child soldiers

The drama of child soldiers was at the center of the workshop led by COOPI Suisse in the context of the 7th World Peace Forum, a day of spreading information and awareness on the themes of peace and solidarity that every year sees the participation of hundreds of students from the schools in Ticino. In addition to knowing the dramatic reality experienced by child soldiers, during the workshop the students were able to give their active contribution to the "Red Hand Campaign": hundreds of sheets with the imprint of a red hand are delivered every year to the authorities throughout the world on the occasion of World Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, on 12 February, to demand that this aberrant practice be definitively abolished.

The students who participated left us with 150 "red hands" which were then sent to the Swiss Federal Councilor Ignazio Cassis - a way to exercise their right to peacefully disagree and experience lights and shadows of being part of a global and interconnected world at an early age.

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