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.

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.