Young People’s Voices on Ukraine

What do children and young people have to say about the war in Ukraine? And what can we learn by listening to them?

You are warmly invited to join a conversation with young people, academics and policy makers from all around the world via a live webinar on Thursday 9th June, 1330-1500 BST. To take part, please sign up here.

Visualising War is teaming up with Never Such Innocence (NSI) for this webinar. Since 2013, NSI has been giving children and young people a voice on conflict. Via an annual competition, schools workshops and high-profile roadshows, NSI provides opportunities for young people aged 9-18 to reflect on different aspects of conflict and conflict-resolution, and to share their views with politicians, policy-makers and other adults in influential, decision-making positions.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, NSI has received many works of art, poems, songs and speeches from children and young people all around the world, expressing their horror at the unfolding conflict and their concern for everyone involved. You can see some of them here. With their permission, we want to share some of this material with a wider audience, to amplify the voices of children who are directly and indirectly affected by the war in Ukraine, and to generate a wider conversation about the impact that young people’s insights and expertise can have in policy-making circles.

This webinar will feature contributions from a number of children and young people based in different parts of the world, from Ukraine to China, Lithuania to Sri Lanka, South Korea to Canada. A panel of academics, defence experts and policy-makers will join the conversation, to reflect on what these young voices have to say – and on the important role they can play in deepening our understanding of conflict, its aftermath, peace-building, post-conflict recovery and social justice.

The webinar will start with a sharing of some of the speeches, poetry and art that have been submitted by children and young people on the conflict in Ukraine, before moving to an inclusive discussion with panel members and opportunities for some audience Q&A. We warmly welcome a wide range of participants, and can promise that you will be moved and inspired by what these young people share.

To sign up, please follow this link. For more information, email viswar@st-andrews.ac.uk.