The relevance of EHL within the International Baccalaureate Curriculum

March 31, 2010
By Nadiah

The International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is mandated for dissemination by participating Red Cross chapters globally. An educational treatment of this is explored in the form of Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL).

These principles are not dissimilar to the principles of the International Baccalaureate (IB); encouraging the role of student as a global citizen.
However, this linkage has not been explored in depth.

By collaborating closely with the EHL , and IBO coordinators, I will examine and develop current relationships that exist between the two worlds.

As the subject of implementation, and exploring avenues within long-established curriculum is broad to tackle within a 6-week time frame,
my focus would be the target audience teaching, and experiencing the process of the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) Personal Project:

The age range – 15-16 year olds.
The average age where the student completes the IB MYP Programme at Middle School, and has accumulated knowledge in diverse fields of studies.

This is a suitable area to target as the student has freedom to express their knowledge and creativity through an intensive project.
The initial ideating of the project is often daunting, and students also have to complete certain community service hours to receive their full certification. By combining the fields of knowledge, real world situations, and the act of community service, EHL and Red Cross (Youth) can intervene.

Possible ways to intervene:

1.  An outreach campaign via print/web media
2. Workshops, or creative forums to spark ideas from popular topics of the EHL

2 Responses to “ The relevance of EHL within the International Baccalaureate Curriculum ”

  1. Stephen Ryan on April 7, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Dear Nadiah,

    Did you know that there are already a number of National Societies that have developed programmes to enable young people in this age range to better understand and appreciate IHL. Raid Cross, developed by the Belgian and French Red Cross societies, now partnered with the IFRC, ICRC and WOSM is used in many local branches (chapters in your case) around the world. As I understand it, the programme is currently being reviewed, so perhaps now is a good time to get in touch with them, if you’re interested.

    Please feel free to contact me at the IFRC’s Geneva office – you can reach me by sending an email to (please put stephen in the subject line!)

    Stephen Ryan
    IFRC youth

  2. Nigel on April 14, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Nadia (and Stephen),

    I like the increased focus – and think that your knowledge of the IB curriculum/culture is a good place to start when linking to existing IHL/EHL courses like the American Red Cross’. I know there are other curricula like the Belgian/French ones but you have to start somewhere.

    I’m intrigued by the fact that this might be very similar content but taught in different languages, and thus might also be used to teach and reinforce the language component of the IB as well as the Red Cross’ outreach.

    Stephen – can you provide any links to online material for Nadia?