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Training in humanitarian law for Yemeni teachers

08-10-2004 News Release 04/120

On 6 October the ICRC and the Yemeni educational authorities concluded a workshop held in Sana'a to train secondary-school teachers to implement Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL), a programme intended to familiarize young people with the basic principles of international humanitarian law.

   
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  Sey'oun/Hadramauth. 'Exploring Humanitarian Law' Program for secondary schools, pilot project implementation in a girl's school. Discussion between the education official and the teacher.    
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  Sey'oun/Hadramauth. 'Exploring Humanitarian Law' Program for secondary schools, pilot project implementation in a girl's school.    
      

The Ministry of Education, the Educational Research and Development Centre and the ICRC delegation in Yemen have been working together since October 2003, when a first group of 32 teachers was trained in EHL. The teachers have now introduced the programme in 16 secondary schools in Yemen's main cities and in remote areas like Saada in the north and the Hadramaut valley in the south.

" Our students welcomed the programme with enthusiasm, " said Iqbal Abdullah from Lutfi Secondary School in Aden. " Over the past year, it has provided them with a clear understanding of what it means to preserve human dignity in war. "

Iqbal Abdullah and 15 of his colleagues who attended this week's workshop will train 32 additional teachers when the programme is expanded next year.

 

For further information, please contact:
 

 Roland Ofteringer, ICRC Sana'a, tel.: +00967 71 944 343