Tools for Teachers

The Canadian Red Cross helps educators teach students about the importance of international humanitarian law, the rules that ensure respect for life and human dignity in war.  Exploring Humanitarian Law is an adaptable toolkit that gives educators easy-to-use materials to expose students to issues in international humanitarian law. The toolkit offers educators primary source materials and strategies that reinforce and enrich existing curricula and educational programs.

Educators can use these additional tools and resources to complement the Exploring Humanitarian Law toolkit.

Exploring Humanitarian Law Virtual Campus: This web-based resource centre and online community for the exploring humanitarian law education program helps teachers as they introduce the basic principles of international humanitarian law to students in secondary schools. A wide range of teaching resources is available on the website, such as learning modules, workshops, training videos and an online discussion forum.


Facing Fear: With the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the increasing number of ‘terrorist’ events reported by the media, the last decade has caused anxiety and concern among Canadian youth. Teachers felt they were lacking appropriate tools to address these issues. Facing Fear is a flexible curriculum aimed at helping young people aged 5-16 be prepared for disasters and deal with the aftermath of war, terrorism and tragic events, whether they occur at home or elsewhere in the world.

Facing Fear Module (ages 5-7)

Facing Fear Module 2 (ages 8-10)

Facing Fear Module 3 (ages 11-13)

Facing Fear Module 4 (ages 14-16)

Children and War Toolkit: This toolkit is designed to engage young people in the issue of children affected by conflict. It explores the realities children face in conflict zones and the basic knowledge needed to take action.


Weapons and War Toolkit: This toolkit helps young people understand issues related to international humanitarian law and the use of weapons, and the impact weapons have on civilians during and after armed conflicts.

PaxiumPaxium is a role-playing activity that explores civil conflict and international humanitarian law.  This exercise helps students understand the complexity of armed conflicts and the difficulty in humanitarian decision-making in crises.


Canada & Conflict: A Humanitarian Perspective: A Humanitarian Perspective aims to develop social awareness in young people and enhance their sense of civic responsibility. Designed by and for teachers, Canada & Conflict emphasizes the importance of protecting life and human dignity, particularly during armed conflict. This educational toolkit is comprised of six modules (6 hours plus extension activities), ranging from the role of bystanders to the development of international humanitarian law and including insights into Canadians' experiences in armed conflict. Canada & Conflict is directly complementary to academic subjects such as civics, social studies, history, law and the humanities.