War Child. Programme Development & Methodology. Mission statement. War Child invests in the peaceful future of children and youth affected by war. War Child’s goal is the empowerment of children and youth, in and from war-affected areas, through:
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War Child Programme Development & Methodology
Mission statement War Child invests in the peaceful future of children and youth affected by war. War Child’s goal is the empowerment of children and youth, in and from war-affectedareas, through: • Psychosocial programmes applying the power of creative arts and sports to strengthen the children’s psychological and social development and well-being • Creative arts and sports programmes to reconcile groups of children divided by war, to build a peaceful society • Creating public awareness and support on/for the plight of children in war zones War Child is an independent humanitarian NGO assisting children irrespective of their religious, ethnical, or social background.
War Child Holland • 11 War Child Programme Areas (WPA) (2007) • 575.000 children and 119.000 adults (2006) • 7 million Euro’s (2007) • Headquarters staff A’dam: ± 50 • Programme Management, Program Development & Methodology, Communications, Marketing & Fundraising, Support Units • Programmes staff in the field : ± 450
War Child (cont.)vision, mission, and intervention strategies • Direct assistance (workshops, fun days, events) • Capacity building (training, management support) • Awareness raising & Advocacy (campaigns, lobby)
War Child programmes • Programs aimed at strengthening the psychological and social development and well being of children; 2. Programs aimed at bringing together children from groups that are divided by conflict; 3. Activitiesaimed at creating support for the situation of children in war affected areas.
Type of activities • Creative workshop sessions • Community events • Training of trainers / teachers • Material support • Recreational activities • Lobby / networking • Campaigning
Basic models of operation Supporting local organizations • Providing financial and technical assistance to local organizations to implement programmes and projects Implementing War Child projects • Setting up War Child teams to identify, develop, finance and staff programmes and projects
Supporting local organizations • The Netherlands • Ingushetia/Chechnya • Kosovo • Pakistan • Israel + Palestine • Colombia
War Child implementing projects • Sudan • Sierra Leone • DR Congo • Afghanistan • Uganda
Some key concepts • Ecological model*, child in its environment • Prevention*, aimed at healthy development • Psychosocial* wellbeing, empowerment • Resilience*, protective & risk factors • Creative methods*, the power of creativity • Child rights’ perspective, evolving capacities • Participation, non-discrimination, best interest
Psychosocial Close relationship between psychological and social. One continuously influences the other. • Psychological Those experiences which affect emotions, behaviour, thoughts, memory and learning ability. • Social Those experiences which affect people's relationships with each other.
Resilience A universal capacity, which allows a person, a group or community to prevent, minimize or overcome the damaging effects of problems.
War Child supports resilience...through strengthening 5 protective factors • Constructive coping mechanisms; • Adult support; • Peer interaction; • Sense of normalcy and future prospect; • Safety and peace.
Child Rights’ perspective Universal legal and normative framework • CRC, OP II, ILO 182, African Charter, Rome Statute ICC • UNSCR: 1261 (1999), 1314 (2000), 1379 (2001), 1460 (2003), 1539 (2004) and 1612 (2005) Evolving capacities of the child CRC Guiding principles
CRC General Principles • Non – discrimination Every child is different, but equal • Best interest of the child Need to assess impact of decisions on child • Participation Child is active decision-maker in its own life • Survival and development Child has “evolving capacities”
Protective Factors Coping mechanisms Adult support Peer interaction Future prospect Safe and Peaceful environment Fundamental Principles CRC Healthy Child Development Best interest of the child Survival and Development Participation Non-discrimination
Leading principles • Child Rights • Non-discrimination • Participation • Protective factors • Professionalism • Capacity building • Cultural diversity • Advocacy and Awareness raising
Leading principles -selection-Non-discrimination: Every child in the world is as important as any other child. Operational guidelines: -War Child operates irrespective of religious, ethnical, social or cultural background of the child. -War Child actively seeks opportunities to work with children fromall backgrounds and advocates the principle of non-discrimination.
Leading principles -selection-Participation: Contribution by key-stakeholders ensures that programs are tuned to people’s own perceptions and definitions of the needs of their children, their priorities and resources Operational guidelines: -War Child involves key-stakeholders in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes.
Leading principles -selection-Protective factors: Important protective factors for the psychosocial well-being and development of children are: • Constructive coping mechanisms • Adult support • Peer interaction • Sense of normalcy and future prospect • Safety & peace
Leading principles -selection-Cultural diversity: Values and practices in child rearing, and ideas about child development and psychosocial problems are to a large extent culturally determined. Operational guidelines: -War Child aims to adapt its approach to the specific cultural situation and its particular ways of creative expression. -War Child designs programs adapted to local practices, provided that those practices are in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.