Humanitarian Education is project-based learning for children and young people.

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It is taking place right now in Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies and partner organizations around the world in lots of different and interesting ways. One such example is street mediation, which was originally developed by the Norwegian Red Cross.

Street mediation: young people as conflict workers

Street mediation is a tool for violence prevention among young people. It has been developed as a concept and methodology over two project phases. It was initiated by the Norwegian Red Cross in 1999 and further developed and shared on a peer-to-peer level with other National Societies in Lebanon, Belize, Romania and Denmark.

Today, street mediation is a bustling youth activity in nine Norwegian cities and districts. Several other countries in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement have shown interest and the National Societies in Belize, Romania, Lebanon and Denmark have all recently started implementing street meditation as an activity.

Humanitarian education: Challenges and solutions

Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies identified the opportunity to educate and empower young people to become future leaders and agents of change. Humanitarian education can provide the enabling environment. To achieve this, we invite young people and people working with them to contribute to the creation of a Humanitarian Education and Learning, where we can highlight, profile and discuss initiatives and approaches to humanitarian education.

What is humanitarian education?

Humanitarian Education enables individuals to interpret situations from a humanitarian perspective and  empowers them to address challenges and take action in the spirit of the Fundamental Principles and humanitarian values of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Humanitarian Education enables individuals to interpret situations from a humanitarian perspective and  empowers them to address challenges and take action in the spirit of the Fundamental Principles and humanitarian values of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

From challenges to solutions

Education is crucial for individual and community resilience, youth employment and other youth related issues.

Education enables young people to learn skills and competencies which are required to find appropriate and innovative solutions for challenges.

Education is an avenue to empower and enable children and young people to explore solutions for individual, community, local, national, regional global challenges to lead a meaningful, safe and happy life for all.

Education delivered in formal and non-formal settings throughout communities globally, providing a global framework to empower and enable (children and young) people to develop a common core of knowledge, skills, understanding and values.

Humanitarian perspective

The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement believes that a humanitarian perspective should be part of the common core of knowledge, skills, understanding and values children and youth develop.

Education is central because it changes and improves individual and social situation and can be seen as the way out of vulnerability and supporting beneficiaries to become members, volunteers and leaders of Red Cross Red Crescent.

Red Cross Red Crescent will be involved and will contribute to the development of an appropriate post-2015 framework. Education is crucial to the post 2015 Development Goals.

From humanitarian challenges to humanitarian solutions through humanitarian education

The Humanitarian Education Initiative developed by the Movement advocates for a higher quality of education by emphasizing individual life skills, humanitarian competences and personal and community resilience as well.

Humanitarian Education enables children and young people to assess and interpret events, daily life, from a humanitarian perspective by applying fundamental principles, humanitarian law and values and inspires to take humanitarian action through voluntary service to bring principles and values to life.

Humanitarian Education advocates for, contributes to and ensures the humanitarian perspective in educational policies, strategies, curricula and subjects in formal and non-formal education.

Vision for Humanitarian Education

By 2020 all youth will have access to Humanitarian Education through formal education systems by including it in school curricula, and or non-formal educational settings focusing on the age group from 5-11 years.

The Humanitarian Education and Learning Portal

The Humanitarian Education and Learning Portal is a meeting place for everyone who works on humanitarian projects with children and young people. Knowledge and experience from around the world will lead to joint solutions through a peer-to-peer approach (coaching and consulting) by building a strong network. Read more.