Children Stand Up!

Inspiring young people in Italy and Albania to adopt sustainable lifestyles and to advocate for them in local politics.


Schools play an especially important role in bringing about societal change: they are hubs, where a new generation works on realising a more sustainable and inclusive society. Furthermore, schools are multipliers in that the values they promote reach beyond the students themselves, into their families, and thus into society at large.


“Earth belongs to children and children are the future of this planet.” – Child-led groups standing up and calling for action against climate change impact. Photo: (c) Save the children Albania


The project makes use of this dynamic: it builds networks to connect youth groups and schools and provides knowledge on climate change mitigation to children, youth and their teachers and promotes good practices among them. In addition, the project develops ideas for climate action in schools as well as supports and monitors their implementation. Furthermore, it uses reports and videos to present and promote best practices through its media and social media channels. Thus, schools all over Europe can adapt and realise them.

Another core concern is to promote the power of advocacy. Therefore, Children Stand Up! provides both schools and municipalities with capacities and methods that enable the increased participation of children in decision making. Permanent environmental committees ensure the sustainability of the project.

Project information

Updated: March 2021

Countries: Albania, Italy

Project duration: 11/20 - 10/22

Funding: 623,005 €

Target groups: Cities, towns and municipalities, Schools

Implementing organisation: Save the Children Italy

Partners: Istituto Oikos Onlus, Save the Children Albania

Contact Person:

Ms Sara Menichetti

Save the Children Italy

Piazza San Francesco di Paola 9
00184 Rome



The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

Potsdamer Platz 10,
10117 Berlin – Deutschland
Tel.: +49 (0)30 338424 570

The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information on the EUKI: www.euki.de