Humanitarianism in action

Humanitarianism in action
KS4: ages 14-16KS5: ages 16+Website

Humanity is one of the Fundamental Principles underpinning the work of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

The activities in this British Red Cross resource consider how humanitarianism can be put into action, by placing learners in the position of decision makers, enabling them to explore the choices surrounding helping people in need.

The activities go on to investigate the factors that might limit or support the choice of individuals to act as humanitarians. Role-play, real-life examples (from humanitarian work in Syria) and opportunities for self-reflection are all used to develop the learning and deepen learners’ engagement with the concept of humanitarianism.

Learners will:

  • Explore the term humanity.
  • Consider dilemmas and consequences when faced with situations where a humanitarian response is possible.
  • Explore social pressures and barriers to action around helping others.
  • Reflect on what motivates people to act to help others.

The suggested age range for this resource is 14-19.

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