Model United Nations Oud-Beijerland 2023

Fearless Future, Warchild

This year during MUNO, apart from developing a more nuanced worldview and exposing the delegates to the complexity and interconnectedness surrounding political issues, we also try to match a theme with this year’s charity, Warchild. And with them, we came up with the theme, Fearless Future. Warchild is a well-known charity committed to helping children affected by conflicts around the world. They do this work as they believe children are most affected by war and that their fundamental rights to be protected, be educated and live free from fear and trauma are violated time after time.

Warchild

As many as 230 million children grow up in areas of war and armed conflict. Stunning right? Warchild is committed to helping those children who need help most. They do this in many ways and because of many reasons and in many ways.

The reason these children need our help

We believe that war impacts children the most. The things they experience are too horrific to comprehend. However, if we help them as soon as we can the impact this has on them, now and in the future, can be of limited effect. According to Warchild children are of the few who have the resilience to overcome the war, but they need help and can’t do it alone.

What we do

First, the problem must be assessed; 230 million children grow up in wartorn areas. Violence in these areas has a major impact on these children and can cause them to suffer from psychosocial problems. And thus they may often display aggressive behaviour, they also may be withdrawn and try to avoid social interaction. Some of the children also become anxious, and thus start sleeping worse and wetting their beds.

And so because of all this, we offer psychosocial help to these children. This is done by professionals and the method is often tested and improved proving its effectiveness. The first way we help them is by teaching them life skills, these skills are things you use in daily life. For example, building friendships, dealing with problems, dealing with stress at school or in your area. For children growing up in a war, it’s often incredibly difficult to handle these stress factors. This is what we help them with. Secondly, we help them to socialise again. These children often, due to the war, show aggressive behaviour or they may become very silent and drawn to themselves. We teach them to interact with people again, that they can trust themselves and their environment and we teach them how to work well together with others. Because of these issues, especially if they last longer, we believe they need our help as soon as possible.

Apart from these, we offer education to these children. We do this because the right to education is one of the basic rights of children and is included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And yet millions of children worldwide cannot go to school. If they have to flee their homes because of war and violence, the chance that they can go to school is five times smaller. And thus we offer them some of the most important skills; Reading and writing and maths. This is easier said than done, especially if all schools are broken down, all teachers gone or when you’re in a refugee camp. This is why we developed a digital learning platform which is accessible from tablets provided to them. These platforms teach them at their own tempo, which stimulates growth and helps with their commitment to the programme. The program teaches them in a way that lets them connect the skills to the real world in an instant, for example by counting goats or by opening a shop. This helps them become a productive member of society.

More information

If you want to know more about what Warchild does feel free to visit their website at Warchild.nl or by clicking on the image above. You can also scan the QR-code above to go to our page and make a donation.