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Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL)

19-03-2014

Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) is a resource pack for teachers to introduce students aged 13 to 18 to the basic rules of international humanitarian law. It was designed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (CICR) in close association with the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC). The learning materials, which provide 36 hours of activities, are based on real-life situations and show how IHL aims to protect life and human dignity during armed conflict and prevent and reduce the suffering and devastation caused by war.

 

"We have a choice today. We can either sit back, watch the devastation wrought by war and try to make our children look the other way; or we can choose to tell our children that what they see – or what they are themselves experiencing – is not acceptable, that this is not how it is supposed to be, and that they can behave differently, in ways inspired by deep-rooted respect for human dignity, both in peacetime and in the midst of armed conflict."

Jacques Forster, ICRC Vice-President, European Leadership Education Conference on Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL), Vienna, May 2006.

The materials expose students to IHL by exploring ethical and humanitarian issues arising from armed conflict. By studying the behaviour of actual persons and the dilemmas they experience, young people develop a fresh perspective and begin to understand the need for rules during war and the complexity of their application. They also acquire an understanding of different perspectives and an interest in local and international events, opening the door to active participation in the life of their community.

EHL is not explicitly concerned with peace, tolerance, mutual understanding, prevention of violence or conflict resolution. It emphasizes the positive changes in attitude stemming from ideas related to respect for life and human dignity, civic responsibility, and solidarity. Thus, EHL can be incorporated into a wide range of different subject areas that fall under the broad heading of citizenship education. Its teaching methods reinforce many important academic and life skills, such as communication, team-work, disagreeing respectfully, reasoning, research, problem-solving and critical thinking.

 

 

EHL resource packs are available in 19 languages. A methodology guide in English spells out the teaching methods underpinning EHL.

This section of the Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) Virtual Campus introduces teachers to the major pedagogical concepts and teaching methods of the EHL curriculum. It is divided into three main parts: an orientation section on teaching EHL; a section describing the teaching methods and tips for using them; and a series of teacher-training workshops that take you, step by step, through a training process to prepare you to teach EHL.

 

Methodology

 

Methodology guide

 

 

 

 

 

Albania / shqip 

Albanian Ministry of Education Curriculum

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arabic / العربية 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

Introductory exploration

Module 1

Module 2 - part 1

Module 2 - part 2

Module 3

Module 4

Module 5

Closing exploration

Photo collage Module 2

Photo collage Module 5

IHL guide

 

 

Bosnian / Bosanski 

Modules

 

 

 

 

 

Chinese / 中文 

 

 

Module pack

Module 4

Mini EHL

IHL guide

 

 


 

 

English 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

Introductory exploration

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Module 4

Module 5

Closing exploration

Photo collages Module 2

Photo collages Module 5

Glossary

IHL guideline

Guidelines for experimentation and evaluation

Mini EHL

 

 

Estonian / Eesti 

 

Modules

  

 

 

 

 

French / français 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

Introductory exploration

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Module 4

Module 5

Closing exploration

 

Photo collage Module 2

Photo collage Module 5

Methodology

Glossary

IHL Guide

Guidelines for experimentation and evaluation

Mini EHL

 

 

German / Deutsch 

 

 

Mini EHL

Modules

Methodology

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japanese / 日本語 

Modules

 

 

 

 

 

 

Korean / 한국어 

Modules

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malay / Bahasa Melayu 

 

Modules

Modules (Adapted version for Civics and Citizenship education - Form 3)

Methodology

 

 

 

 

 

Mongolian / Монгол хэл 

 

 

 

Modules 

Methodology

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polish / Polski  

 

Mini EHL

 

 

 

 

 

Portuguese / Português 

 

Modules

Preamble

Methodology

Implementation

Glossary

 

 

 

Romanian / Română 

 

Modules

 

 

 

 

 

Russian / Русский 

 

Modules

Methodology

 

Implementation

Glossary

 

 

 

Serbian / Srpski 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Module 4

Module 5

Annex

Methodology

Glossary

 

Slovenian / Slovenščina 

 

Modules

 

 

 

 

 

Spanish / Español 

Modules

Methodology

Implementation

Preamble for teachers

Photo collage

Course structure

Glossary

Guidelines for experimentation and evaluation