The Centre d’Appui Scolaire aims to prevent children and young adults from dropping out of school by giving them the support they need to keep up with their studies. By doing so, the Centre tries to alleviate the impact of an accident or illness on their school performance and their future lives.

The Centre d’Appui Scolaire is active at the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG), where our tutors provide tuition to young patients from the age of 16, as well as in private clinics in and around Geneva, where students may receive tuition regardless of their age.

The Centre also provides academic support to children and teens who receive treatment on an outpatient basis or who have been discharged from hospital or clinic.


The Centre d’Appui Scolaire’s free temporary tuition is tailored to the specific needs of each student. Our offer covers all subjects taught at the primary and secondary I and II levels (elementary, middle and high school).

The Centre d’Appui Scolaire offers tuition for the Swiss and French curricula, as well as for the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme.

The Centre aims to create a strong bond between the students and their tutors in order to:

  • ensure the students stay or get back on track at school
  • maintain or improve their skills and knowledge
  • make them rediscover that learning is fun
  • recover their self-confidence

«On the organisational level, the reaction time from the request to the actual commitment is extremely short – thanks to the exceptional availability of the team. It is rarely possible for a short-term action to have as much impact, not only on the present, but also on the future of the children. It is a small but decisive act that prevents them from losing grip in this competitive world. Like every brilliant idea, it seems both so simple and natural, and we cannot do without it anymore. Like every brilliant idea, step by step, it may become a global organisation.»

Professor Pierre-Yves Dietrich, Oncology Service, HUG

«Within a short period of time, Centre d’Appui Scolaire has become an efficient service in line with our views of social and school reintegration.»

Dr Logos Curtis, Mental Health and Psychiatry Service, Psychiatry Unit for Young Adults, HUG

«People think that with a few hours of tuition now and then, magically, everything will be fine. But very quickly, I understood that it takes a lot more than that: my parents would have had to put a lot more money into it, at a time when they were already bearing a huge financial burden. My tutors accompanied me on this journey, always ready to motivate me, taking into account my state of health. Thanks to their ability to listen, their empathy and professionalism, I could keep up with my studies.»

E., 19 years old

«I am convinced that having the possibility to call upon private tutors during a hospital stay greatly contributes to making hospital treatment less of a burden while allowing patients to remain socially-integrated.»

Dr Domizio Suva, Orthopaedic Surgery Service, HUG

“The organisational structure of the Centre d’Appui Scolaire is light and simple, without any office or secretariat… Within a few months, this association has created a strong tuition offer for students suffering from disease – an absolutely necessary service. I am personally convinced of the benefits and utility of the Centre d’Appui Scolaire.»

Professor Philippe Morel, Visceral Surgery Service, HUG

«We will never be able to give enough thanks to the Centre d’Appui Scolaire for what it has done for us by providing private tuition classes to our child. Thanks to your help it will be less difficult for him to go back to school once he has recovered. Everyone has noticed the positive impact of the tutor’s precious support on our child, who is now suffering less from being absent from school.»

Family of C., 5 years old


We thank all our official, anonymous or private donors for their financial support. Without them, our work would not be possible.

We also extend our thanks to the many partners who commit themselves on a daily basis for the benefit of children and young adults suffering from disease.






The Centre d'Appui Scolaire is aware of the importance of protecting personal data. Sharing personal data implies a great deal of trust from all our external partners. The Association takes this sign of trust very seriously and handles personal data in a confidential manner.

The Centre d'Appui Scolaire is subject to Swiss law. The collection, processing and use of personal data are subject to the Swiss Federal Act on Data Protection (FADP), the Swiss Data Protection Ordinance (DPO) and, where applicable, the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

As part of legislative amendments concerning data protection in Switzerland, the Centre d'Appui Scolaire would like to clarify some points :

The purpose of data collection is to establish the best possible educational support and aggregated data may be used for the Association's internal organisation, collaboration with medical or social coordinators, fundraising, information to donors on the use of funds, or communication purposes.

The Association makes every effort to ensure confidentiality and an appropriate level of data protection.