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British Red Cross partners with Bonita Trust for online education project

25 March 2009
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The British Red Cross and the Bonita Trust have entered into a landmark partnership to develop an interactive humanitarian education project. The Bonita Trust has provided a £50,000 grant that will enable the British Red Cross to develop an interactive resource to engage students and teachers across the country on global humanitarian issues.

Announcing the partnership today (Wednesday 25 March 2009), Andy Lloyd, the British Red Cross humanitarian education manager said: “Our partnership with The Bonita Trust offers an exceptional and positive way for us to respond to teachers’ need for high-quality audiovisual material to use in the classroom. Building on our existing online resources, we are aiming to reach 50,000 students and 2,500 teachers by June 2010. This project will draw students in to explore aspects of humanitarian education and raise awareness of the situation of vulnerable people.”

The British Red Cross currently offers downloadable lesson plans and teaching materials for citizenship teachers on its website ( Last year alone, there were at least 30,000 downloads of the resources. Additional topical material and audio-visual resources covering themes of conflict, disasters, diversity and health will be added for the new project.

The announcement of the association coincides with the start of the Education Show 2009 in Birmingham where the British Red Cross is launching its new photo resource, ‘War is brutal, but not lawless’ which explores international humanitarian law, now included in the citizenship curriculum. It is also giving teachers the chance to sign up to the fortnightly News Think! email.

In addition to citizenship resources, the BRC is demonstrating first aid classes, to show that first aid skills are simple and can be learnt in a few minutes. The first class, on 26 March 2009, will teach a group of local pupils vital first aid skills through the interactive and easy-to-use Life. Live it. First Aid Education kit.

Liz continued: “Basic first aid is already on the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum in England for Key Stage 3 and 4, and with the move towards making the subject statutory, we would urge teachers to get ahead of the game.”

The education kit – including an interactive CD-ROM, contains ten flexible lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, video and audio clips. It also comes with an interactive quiz, which provides a fun and easy way to help students learn the first aid basics.

For more information on the British Red Cross online humanitarian education and first aid resources, please visit


Notes to editors

The British Red Cross will hold a first aid education class ‘How to build a generation of lifesavers’ at the New Product and Training Feature area at The Education show at 14:20 on Thursday 26 March 2009. Life. Live it officer, Jane Cooper, will lead the class with the assistance of students from Joseph Leckie Comprehensive School, Walsall. A second class, for teachers only, will take place at 12.20 on Saturday 28 March 2009.For press enquires, images or to arrange an interview, please contact Henry Makiwa on 078 774 99038/

The Bonita Trust is an independent charitable organisation committed to the advancement of new technologies and internet-based solutions to address health and education challenges. For more information, visit

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We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.

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