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Humanitarian education

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

The Humanitarian Education and Learning Portal (HELP)

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.



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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 190 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. About this site & copyright