New trinkets 2023:
These lanterns are handmade in a workshop of the organisation Noah’s Ark in Moradabad in the north of India. This Fairtrade-certified company is committed to fair working conditions and a fair market. The interests and the health of the craftspeople take precedence over profit.
With their warm candlelight, the filigree lanterns create an atmospheric glow, bringing light into the darkness.
Information for teachers
Each box you order from us contains 20 small works of art and is worth 120 francs – this corresponds to a selling price of six francs per piece.
10% of the proceeds go to your class kitty, for you to spend on an excursion, for example. For you as a teacher, participation is risk-free and uncomplicated. Any unsold trinkets will be taken back with no questions asked. The order will be delivered to your school on your chosen date together with exciting lesson materials.
What your students will learn
The experience of selling directly from person to person is valuable for the students and promotes important skills in a playful way. The trinket sale offers your class a great educational experience and benefits them in many other ways too:
- Promotion of social skills: civil courage and solidarity
- Promotion of methodological competencies: money management
- Promotion of personal skills: enjoyment of helping others
- 10% of the proceeds may be kept back for the class kitty
- No financial risk: unsold trinkets are taken back
- A thank-you note for every child
- Accident insurance for children during the sale
- Free teaching material for one lesson
Information for download
Every class counts!
The trinket sale
- generates 10% of our donation income
- raises about 1 million francs
- helps 100,000 people in developing countries
The fact that the President of the Swiss Confederation makes time each year to visit four school classes who have sold trinkets also should how valuable the SWISSAID trinket sale is.
A personal thank-you from the Federal Council
In the past two years, the traditional trinket sale by school classes was severely limited by the pandemic, but it was held again as usual in 2022. 200,000 Swiss francs were raised for poor families in developing countries thanks to the dedicated participation of the schoolchildren. This valuable support helps to improve the living conditions and future opportunities of children in poor regions around the world.
Selected classes are each given the opportunity to meet the Federal President on Federal Council Day. In 2020, due to the Corona pandemic, the children received a video message from Simonetta Sommaruga instead of a handshake. -> Watch the video here
On 12 November 2021, President Guy Parmelin received around 30 schoolchildren at the Bernerhof near the Federal Palace. He thanked them warmly for their valuable commitment and answered some of their questions.