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Rwanda: training in humanitarian principles and values

08-12-2008 News Release 08/226

Kigali (ICRC) – In partnership with the national centre developing ways to introduce humanitarian principles and values into new school programmes, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is organizing a training course on the Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) educational programme for 25 of the centre's senior staff. The course will be held in Kigali from 8 to 12 December.

The objective of this course is to familiarize the 25 participants, all of whom are involved in programme development at the national centre, with the content and teaching methods of EHL, " explained Tobias Epprecht, the head of the ICRC delegation in Kigali.

Experts from the Seychelles will lead plenary and group sessions where participants will be able to discuss which methods are most effective in teaching humanitarian values in schools. The participants will later be given the task of transferring what they have learned to teachers of political education courses that include units based on EHL.

Exploring Humanitarian Law was specially designed by the ICRC to introduce young people aged 13 to 18 to the basic rules and principles of international humanitarian law and related topics.

Under an agreement signed in 2002 with the national education ministry, the ICRC provides materials and financial support for the authorities in charge of designing the new political education programme so as to enable them to include units on humanitarian principles and values.

  For further information, please contact:
  Valery Mbaoh Nana, ICRC Kigali, tel: +250 572785 or +250 0830 5069
  Emmanuel Kagimbura, ICRC Kigali, tel: +250 0840 59 58