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I DEAL. Introduction to War Child’s I DEAL and BIG DEAL interventions


I DEAL. Introduction to War Child’s I DEAL and BIG DEAL interventions

Publication type

Manuals and Tools


War Child Holland



War Child Holland

The I DEAL and BIG DEAL manual packs are designed to help children and adolescents deal with life after armed conflict. The healthy development of a child can be hampered during a period of armed conflict. As a consequence, life skills may not be sufficiently developed.

I DEAL and BIG DEAL are theme-based creative life skills trainings for children and adolescents. I DEAL is designed for children between 11 and 15 years old. BIG DEAL is for adolescents between 16 and 20 years old. The manual packs have been written for facilitators: staff conducting interventions at community level and address the following themes:

  • Identity and Assessment
  • Dealing with Emotions
  • Peer Relations
  • Relations with Adults
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Prejudice and Stigmatization
  • Conflict and Peace
  • Future

For each theme, a module is developed, which consists of 2 to 5 sessions. Sessions are presented as session plans, which include various exercises. Through I DEAL, children are invited to discover their identity and to cope with emotions of love and hate. It aims to help (re)define the child as an individual, preparing for a future.

Abstract adapted from the author



Elise Griede, Liesbeth Speelman


Saturday, June 14, 2008 - 23:00