December 2, 2022 - Atlantic Humanitarian Education Teacher Training

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Date: December 2, 2022, 9am-3:30pm, in-person (followed by a virtual 2.5-hour session on December 8th, 5:30-8pm)

Location: Halifax, in-person

Cost: Free (lunch provided)

The crisis in Ukraine and other armed conflicts around the world have drawn the attention of many concerned Canadians. Without the tools or outlets for proper reflection, many of us, students included, feel somewhat ineffective and despondent.  Humanitarian education activities in the classroom can help youth develop critical thinking skills about the violence they are witnessing on social and traditional media. This professional development opportunity will help high school teachers of various subjects talk with their students about war. Participants will explore classroom activities firsthand that introduce the principles of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the related issues listed below, through the eyes of youth themselves.
  • Learn to implement practical activities dealing with issues relating to global conflict; international humanitarian law; human rights; war crimes; refugees; child soldiers; gender-based violence; attacks on civilians, hospitals, and schools; and environmental destruction due to war.
  • The Humanitarian Education (HEd) teacher training utilizes an easy-to-use, adaptable toolkit aimed at students 13 – 18 years of age.
  • The content of the HEd training complements academic subjects such as global issues, social studies, history, law, and language arts. Curriculum maps will be provided for most subject areas.
  • Includes instruction from Canadian Red Cross personnel and trained local teachers currently implementing humanitarian activities in their classrooms.
  • Participants will be introduced to the interactive resource Forced to Fight, the Exploring Humanitarian Law toolkit, Canada and Conflict manual.
This training will be conducted in English but all above mentioned resources are also available in French.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion upon implementation of one activity in the classroom.
To register please click here.

If you are not a teacher and wish to attend or you have questions, please send an email outlining your interest to