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.

Forced to Fight: is an interactive online resource designed for students between the ages of 13-18. The resource helps facilitate understanding of IHL and humanitarian issues and allows the user to experience what it is like for young people living in situations of armed conflict around the world. Teachers can use this resource in collaboration with the lesson plans available in the teaching resources links or they can choose to use it as a stand-alone activity to trigger critical thinking and classroom discussion on issues related to armed conflict.

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.

Canada & Conflict: A Humanitarian Perspective: Designed by and for high school teachers, this educational toolkit was developed to inform and empower youth to take action toward alleviating human suffering. Using Canadian examples, the revised 2016 edition is a complete toolkit comprised of 6 modules that touch on issues of International Humanitarian Law such as war crimes, refugees, neglected crises, gender inequality, humanitarian principles, mechanisms for justice and youth engagement. Canada & Conflict is directly complementary to academic subjects such as civics, social studies, history, geography, law, language arts and the humanities and is available in both English and French.

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.

Additional Resources Linked to Humanitarian Education

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