Saturday, August 19, 2017

Civics Education : World Humanitarian Day : #NotATarget : resources

"Every year on World Humanitarian Day, we shine a spotlight on the millions of civilians around the world whose lives have been caught up in conflict. On this day we also take a moment to honour the brave health and aid workers who are targeted or obstructed as they set out to help people in need, and pay tribute to the government employees, members of civil society and representatives of international organizations and agencies who risk their lives to provide humanitarian aid and protection."

 UN Secretary-General, António Guterres

World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises worldwide.


Around the world, conflict is exacting a massive toll on people’s lives. Trapped in wars that are not of their making, millions of civilians are forced to hide or run for their lives. 

Children are taken out of school, families are displaced from their homes, and communities are torn apart, while the world is not doing enough to stop their suffering. At the same time, health and aid workers – who risk their lives to care for people affected by violence – are increasingly being targeted.

World Humanitarian Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe.
The theme of 2017 :  #NotATarget

Some facts:

“A person who has sympathy for mankind in the lump, faith in its future progress, and desire to serve the great cause of this progress, should be called not a humanist, but a humanitarian, and his creed may be designated as humanitarianism.”

Irving Babbitt

On 19 August 2003, a terrorist attack hit the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, killing 22 people. Among those who lost their lives was Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN’s top representative in Iraq.
Five years later, the General Assembly adopted a resolution designating 19 August as World Humanitarian Day. Every year since then, the humanitarian community has organized global campaigns to commemorate WHD, advocating for the safety and security of humanitarian aid workers, and for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises.


Through a global online campaign featuring an innovative partnership with Facebook Live, together with events held around the world, we will raise our voices to advocate for those most vulnerable in war zones, or those vulnerables people who simply walking on the streets in European cities.
We demand that world leaders do everything their power to protect civilians in all circonstances.
This campaign follows on the UN Secretary-General’s report on protection of civilians, which was launched earlier this year. 
Laying out his ‘path to protection’, the Secretary-General calls for enhanced respect for international humanitarian and human rights law, and protection of civilians, including humanitarian and medical workers as well as civilian infrastructure.

Every day, humanitarian aid workers help millions of people around the world, regardless of who they are and where they are. World Humanitarian Day is a global celebration of people helping people.
World Humanitarian Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe.


"Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace."
Nelson Mandela

How can we not include WHD tw into school curriculum? And why not join our efforts to build a new humanitarian generation in a common project.

"We may say I'm a dreamer
but I'm not the only one."
John Lennon

Invite your students to visit WHD website to participate in some activities There are so many ! 

How to help ?

  • Spending the time to support the people who are poor and are in need of support. 
  • Become a volunteer or humanitarian by providing help to those needy people. 
  • Become a part of any NGO’s or charitable organizations and work for the people.
  • Educate and spread awareness to make people around you know the plight of the situations from the world. 
  • Support for a cause and share pictures with your friends to let them notice it. You can post your pictures on the social media using the hashtag #WorldHumanitarianDay.

Level : All levels

Of course educators will include different activities considering the level they are teaching. I'm sure you will be creative.

Curriculum : Civics ; Languages ; Music ; 
Photography ; History ; other. A cross-curricular project would awesome.

"Humanitude is our permanent openness towards the Other, our relationships as human being to human being. It demands a permanent relationship of solidarity, free from calculation – a spontaneous impulse of welcoming the Other."

 Adama Samassékou, UNESCO Courrier


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