Save the Children was established on the 15th May 1919, and a recent conference
in the UK examined the interplay between humanitarianism, politics and children's rights through the lens of the 100 year history of Save the Children UK. The aim of the conference was to understand the factors that had shaped Save the Children (UK) history, to gain a critical perspective of the present purpose and possible future directions of the organisation.
Part of this process was about critical historical reflection on humanitarian practice, particularly in regards to trends, themes and specific 'reactionary moments' as a way to understand how values have shaped humanitarian principles and practise. Through deconstructing the historical assumptions, INGO leaders in attendance were looking to see what has been learnt, and to identify the effective balance between pragmatism and vision. While a recently published overview
outlines that values must still come first.
To mark the centenary, Save the Children NZ is holding a photographic exhibition called Save the Children – 100 Years of Child Rights
, from 3rd - 26th May at the Wellington Museum. The exhibition will include a timeline of the work of Save the Children since it was founded in 1919, with photographs of projects around the world and work during emergencies.
Save the Children NZ's exhibition will feature photographs by Christchurch-based photographer Giora Dan of the education programme Save the Children runs in Daulatdia, Bangladesh, one of the largest brothels in the world. Heidi Coetzee, Chief Executive of Save the Children NZ said, “In 1997 we opened the first and only school for children from Daulatdia, where children get health care, meals, an education and lots of love from trained teachers. We now run a primary school and a pre-school, giving more than 700 children chance to escape the life of the brothel.
Save the Children NZ currently supports international programmes in Fiji, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Laos, Nepal, Indonesia, Thailand, and Mozambique. Areas of work include education and literacy, disaster risk reduction, and alleviating child poverty.
CID would like to congratulate our colleagues at Save the Children NZ on this milestone, and acknowledges the important and critical work they do to ensure children are safe, protected and have the opportunity to learn.