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Hungary: Promoting humanitarian principles among the young

18-07-2003 News Release 03/82

The ICRC has organized a seminar for education specialists from government and National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world to discuss the study of international humanitarian law and related issues in secondary schools. The event was held in Budapest from 5 to 11 July for over 100 participants from 39 countries.

The seminar took place in the framework of Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL), an educational programme for young people. Its objective is to introduce teenagers to the basic rules of international humanitarian law and to inculcate them with the principles of humanity, helping them to apply those principles in their daily lives and assess events at home and abroad in the light of them. The programme consists of five modules, which take about four hours each to work through.

During the Budapest seminar the participants discussed the challenges of introducing the EHL programme and exchanged information and experience as a means of giving further impetus to its development. The practical experience shared by countries in which EHL is already under way and the observations of those setting it up in a number of other countries are expected to strengthen the programme.

A summary of the presentations and discussions in Budapest will soon be available on the ICRC website.

 Further information:  

 Zlotan Toth, ICRC Budapest, tel. +36 1 212 11 46  

 Annick Bouvier, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 22 730 24 58