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Replicable models and innovation are used throughout the organisation

Successful methodologies have been replicated in various project countries:

  • The tamtam mobile in Burundi empowers children to speak-out in their communities using animation filmsWar Child’s DEALS methodology consists of comprehensive theme-based psychosocial interventions designed to build the resilience of children and young people. All project countries except for Afghanistan are using the IDEAL method. The Parents DEALS intervention was introduced in Colombia, DR Congo, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, Lebanon and South Sudan in 2012. Afghanistan will start with the DEALS in 2013.
  • Child Friendly Spaces (a standard model developed by other organisations and frequently used) are safe spaces in conflict areas where children can play, come together, learn and develop. In 2012 these spaces where operational in War Child programmes in DR Congo, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Sudan and South Sudan.

Various pilot projects lead to innovative solutions:

  • The T@m T@m Mobile in Burundi is a car equipped with a mobile stage, performance equipment and educational films and documentaries. The T@m T@m Mobile regularly goes to War Child’s locations. Children and young people use the equipment to set up their own theatre plays, arts exhibitions, talent shows, audio-visual photo shows and radio programmes about topics they want to address.
  • To improve the quality of teaching and children’s learning, teachers in War Child’s Connect Teaching project in South Sudan went digital. Teachers use tablets to access up-to-date lessons, scholastic packages and exercises. In this innovative project, teachers are trained to make their lessons child-centred, participatory and inclusive. This digital approach improves the skill-level of children, speeds up the learning process and makes going to school simply more fun. It is supported by six NGOs, the Ministry of Education, and the Dutch innovation organisation, TNO.

Lessons learned

Sensitive issues in the module ‘gender relations’ in Big DEAL were not accepted in some of War Child’s Middle Eastern and Asian project areas. The Big DEAL module was developed in close cooperation with the Uganda team. Cultural values of other target groups were not taken into account. Stories and exercises in the module on relationships and behaviour between boys and girls were not accepted by beneficiaries in Afghanistan, Lebanon, the occupied Palestinian territories and Sudan. War Child has adapted the module to the cultural norms of these areas.

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