Every child is special. Every child has the right to be special. It is the duty of society and politics to protect and nurture all children in their uniqueness, and to guarantee their participation in society. Switzerland pledged officially to do this when it ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1997.
The FICE international congress on inclusion reminds us of this. For four days, the focus is on the right of a particularly vulnerable group to be included in society: of children and young people who are unable to live with their parents.
As the motto “Ways toward Inclusion” suggests, the Congress Night in the centre of Bern is open to all. The inclusion in society of children and young people will be discussed, presented and performed in a range of different venues. Questions will be asked such as: How can children and young people have their say? Do they have a voice in public, in homes, in schools and in vocational education? How and where do children and young people want to get involved?
I hope you find the Congress interesting and stimulating.
Head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs