August 2021 National Humanitarian Education Training for Canadian Teachers

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August 17-18, 2021; 1-4 PM EST
For the full schedule and list of speakers, click here.

This online event is held in partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Education; the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Education; and the Social Studies Educators' Network of Canada – Réseau pour l'enseignement des sciences sociales du Canada (SSENC/RESSC).

The Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Education Training is a professional development program intended for Canadian high school educators across the country who wish to strengthen their capacity to help students 13 to 18 years of age better understand principles of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), justice, humanitarianism and humanitarian action as well as situations of armed conflict around the world.

This is a blended training with live, recorded and practical components. The live foundational training (Unit 1) is composed of 2 half-day workshops taking place on August 17-18th, 2021.  To receive the certificate of completion, the live and recorded webinars (Unit 2) and practical components (Unit 3) of this training must be completed by March 31st, 2022.
About this training:
  • Complements the Canadian and World Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, and English or French Studies curriculum
  • Includes instruction from a legal subject matter expert of the Canadian Red Cross, a representative of the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Armed Forces, a humanitarian worker from the field, and teachers currently using the Canadian Red Cross resources in their classrooms.
  • Includes access to complementary online webinar content with subject matter experts.
  • Resources used in this training include: Exploring Humanitarian Law, Canada and Conflict,, and curriculum maps.
  • Participants receive a certificate upon completion of all 3 units of the program, below.
    • Unit 1: A live 2-day online training on core content to better understand IHL and to integrate humanitarian concepts into the curriculum. This training answers the question: what is international humanitarian law? It also demonstrates how IHL is applied, explores avenues for justice, and investigates the long-term humanitarian impacts of armed conflict and associated humanitarian response. Subject matter experts facilitate this content live for 3 hours on both August 17th & 18th. Registration is here.
    • Unit 2: Attend or watch two 60-minute thematic webinars. Teachers may take any combination of live or pre-recorded webinars. Teachers may register for live webinars on our events page, or attend our pre-recorded webinars. The focus of the first live webinar, on October 5, will be the environment, Indigenous issues and IHL. Attendance at webinars listed on our events page will be tracked live. Participants watching pre-recorded webinars will complete a post-webinar survey. This unit must be completed by March 31st, 2022.
    • Unit 3: Teachers must implement 1 lesson in their classroom among the 80+ lessons referenced at the training, available on our tools for teachers page. Lessons may be amended as needed by the teacher. Completion of this unit will be achieved when teachers submit a short paragraph summary of their experience and observations facilitating the lesson in their classroom on our online community of practice. This unit must be completed by March 31st, 2022.
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