What teachers say about EHL
Teacher's comments on the programme "Exploring Humanitarian Law"
" The topics are relevant and interesting; the dilemmas are able to engage learners. The material has opened their eyes to conflicts around the world and injustice in some parts of the world. I have noted this new interest with great pleasure. " (Denmark)
" EHL facilitates our mission as teachers. Moreover, it has resulted in my pupils seeing life, people and issues in different ways. " (Yemen)
" The programme is excellent and it should be part of the curriculum. I have learned many vital and essential things with my pupils: beside the teaching methods and strategies which improved my teaching abilities, I know now the basic concepts of IHL. " (Yemen)
" As a result of EHL, I noticed that my students were no longer indifferent to war and that the issues they had explored helped them to improve the atmosphere in the school. They seem more sensitive and fight less outside the class. I also observed an increased interest in investigation and in finding information. They are more critical and less violent. " (Guatemala)
" Teaching EHL helped me overcome my bitter feelings towards the armed conflict in Guatemala. I learned with students. " (Guatemala)
" There are instances when my students apply the values of respect and solidarity of EHL in concrete everyday situations. " (Uruguay)
" I believe that the strength of EHL lies in its ability to confront various types of conflicts from a humanitarian point of view. EHL has a motivating and mobilising effect not only on pupils but also on teachers who work with it. " (Uruguay)
" I think this is really important for US students. Using EHL material in the curriculum has been an exciting and creative highlight of this academic year. I can’t believe how much kids and myself learned. It was vital and important. It made social studies and history come alive with the class. We struggled with ourselves and with the world and that’s good. " (USA)
" The teaching methods are very sound and well-modelled. I love seeing the modules applied in the classroom. I learned things I will use when I teach other classes too! This is a great program with fantastic potential. " (USA)
" Adolescents will grow up and governs the country; learning when they are young is like carving stones: this will remain. " (Palestine)
" I got to know my students better and I was su rprised by the level of maturity, train of thought and broad knowledge hey demonstrated. This is a subject that is hoped to strike some chords in the hearts of the Malaysian youth also making them more rounded individuals. " (Malaysia)
" The Ministry addressed Educational Departments of the oblasts with a request to conduct approbation of the Course at secondary and professional schools in frames of the curriculum component Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law . "
" Students could do a lot within the community by promoting the goals and basic rules of international humanitarian law. Increased awareness of and respect for basic humanitarian values and principles among the public at large would be one of the best results one could hope for from the EHL programme. " (Ethiopia)
" The EHL project implementation in Belarus gave an exclusive opportunity to Belarus Red Cross to raise its image among the public, gave a new life (a know-how) to collaboration between oblast \regional Red Cross branches and education establishments (schools, colleges, universities). Year 2003 was remarkable for an increased number of young Red Cross members, volunteers and school\ college\ university- based Red Cross organizations.
" It is generally agreed by the teacher who participate in the project as well as by the officials that the EHL course to a great extend fulfils the central idea of the education reform in Belarus. It contributes to accomplishing of the following targets:
evolution of the “open school ”model that will insure good link to the society and will actively involve different social institution (including Red Cross) into education and upbringing;
humanization of education;
inclusion of young people into the society;
development of new pedagogic technologies;
bringing secondary school curriculum into line with international education standards. " (Secretary General, Belarus Red Cross)