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Timor-Leste: ICRC kicks off teaching programme on international humanitarian law

23-09-2010 News Release 10/177

Dili (ICRC) – Today the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Timor-Leste Red Cross signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education of Timor-Leste to launch a programme aiming at teaching the basics of international humanitarian law in the country's secondary schools.

" Our primary goal is to introduce young people to humanitarian principles, such as the requirement that life and human dignity be respected at all times, " said Zurab Burduli, the ICRC's head of mission in Timor-Leste. " The Exploring Humanitarian Law programme will be launched on a trial basis in selected secondary schools as of 2011. Together with the Timor-Leste Red Cross, the ICRC will provide technical and academic support and help train teachers. "

The programme will be adapted by the Timor-Leste education authorities to the country's secondary-school system.

The Exploring Humanitarian Law programme is an important part of the activities developed by the ICRC in Timor-Leste to promote international humanitarian law. It is currently used in 60 countries, with teaching materials available in 40 different languages.

  For further information, please contact:
  Patrick Mégevand, ICRC Jakarta, tel: +62 21 739 67 56 or +62 811 98 25 49
  Zurab Burduli, ICRC Dili, tel: +670 331 0452 / 3 or +670 732 1558