Developing Humanitarian Thinkers: Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL)

Young people are increasingly affected by today’s armed conflicts and stories of humanitarian crises.  The Canadian Red Cross Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) resource educates students about international humanitarian law, the rules of war that ensure respect for life and human dignity.  This workshop presents teachers with an adaptable, easy-to-use toolkit, encouraging critical-thinking and dialogue on issues such as child soldiers, weapons technology, and refugees.  You’ll discover the importance of rights and protections for those impacted by war while taking part in a hands-on group activity: planning a refugee camp.  You’ll walk away with lesson plans and new curriculum maps linking EHL to Social Studies 10, Asian Studies 11, 20th Century History 11, Social Justice 12, Genocide Studies 12, and Law 12.  This workshop is presented by the Canadian Red Cross with support from the Government of Canada. 

Target Audience

Teachers in following courses: Social Studies 10, Asian Studies 11, 20th Century History 11, Social Justice 12, Genocide Studies 12, and Law 12

Sessions

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Room 406

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Presenter

  • Danielle Zagar

    Danielle Zagar has been a high school teacher in Maple Ridge for 18 years. She teaches a combined Social Justice/English 11-12 program called Global Studies. She has a background in Biology and Sociology, and did her MA in Post-War Reconstruction at the University of York, in the UK.  Her interest and background is in Peace and Conflict Studies, with a particular focus on International Humanitarian Law and genocide, especially Rwanda.  She has travelled and studied in Israel, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Ecuador.  She also teaches a university Human Rights course for teachers.

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  • Joanne Abshire

    Joanne Abshire is a Communications and Public Engagement Coordinator with the Canadian Red Cross. She works to increase awareness of International Humanitarian Law (rules of war) and Canadian humanitarian assistance around the world through workshops, conferences, speaking engagements and special events.  Prior to working in non-profit, she was a reporter and anchor at NEWS1130 radio in Vancouver.  She has a broadcast journalism diploma from BCIT and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UBC.  She’s excited to be using her communications skills to promote humanitarian education.