Danish Peoples Aid and ASB Schleswig-Holsteins project teaches children up to the age of three to save lives

Children and staff in day care institutions on both sides of the Danish-German border learn with the project SAVING LIFE to save lives. The focus of the project is the crucial role that 3-6 year old children can play in an emergency situation – for example by calling 112 if a person has had a cardiac arrest. In Denmark, the goal for Danish People’s Aid is to teach 4,000 Danish children by the end of 2021.

Since 2017, Danish People’s Aid and ASB Schleswig-Holstein have been working together on the project SAVING LIFE, which teaches people on both sides of the Danish-German border to save lives. Due to COVID-19, the project was put on hold, but now it is resumed – with a special focus on children.
The two organizations will teach both children and the staff in their day care institutions first aid training, as children up to the age of three can learn to save lives.
It can e.g. happen by calling 112 if a person has had a cardiac arrest. Along the way, the children learn what information is important for the emergency center, so that they quickly can reach the person with cardiac arrest.

Commonly developed teaching material
Danish Peoples Aid and ASB Schleswig-Holstein have jointly developed the teaching material for the children, which among other things consists of an assignment booklet and a diploma, which the children can bring with them at home after the course.
Two courses are run for the children as well as a single course for the employees in the individual day care institutions. After completing the course, the institution is also given a set of teaching materials, so that the employees can subsequently teach and train the children in first aid.

It becomes natural for children to provide first aid
Klaus Nørlem, the general secretary of the Danish People’s Aid, explains: “The purpose of the courses is for the children to gain practical knowledge about providing first aid and at the same time learn to care for and help others. By introducing the children to first aid at such an early age, it is achieved, that the inhibitions that many adults have in connection with providing first aid do not occur in the children. Instead, it becomes natural for them to step in when help is needed.”

The teaching of first aid is continued through the school years and later on at the youth educations.

On the Danish side, Danish People’s Aid will conduct courses to a total of 80 day care institutions in the Region of Southern Denmark and Region Zealand. The ambition is that 4,000 children and 1,280 employees will be taught first aid, and the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

SAVING LIFE is funded by Interreg Deutschland-Denmark with funds from the European Regional Development Fund.