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British Red Cross produces teaching resource on Japan tsunami disaster

Wednesday 16 March 2011
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In the wake of last week’s catastrophic Japanese tsunami, the British Red Cross has produced teachers’ lesson plans focusing on the disaster.

Teachers who sign up to the charity’s free online newsthink service can download assembly and classroom video-based lesson plans focusing on the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Karen Gravell, the British Red Cross humanitarian education officer said:


“We are continually working to offer topical teaching resources to help teachers explore humanitarian issues and develop life saving skills with students.


“Our latest newsthink provides background information, a video clip and structured activities to help students explore their thoughts on the disaster and better understand how the Japanese people are feeling and coping.”


newsthink lesson plans look at the stories behind recent news headlines, and provide teachers with activities, videos, photos and discussion triggers. They're good in informal education as well as for assemblies, tutor time, and to keep any subject lessons current.


Teachers can sign up for free to newsthink at to receive topical fortnightly news-based activities covering subject matter such as Japan, Libya and Haiti.


Visitors to this year’s Education Show which kicks off at the Birmingham NEC centre tomorrow (Thursday 17 March) will be able to pick up free Red Cross citizenship education resources and topical material covering themes of conflict, disasters, diversity and health. In addition, the charity will be offering a free trial activity and a sneak preview of its Life. Live it. First aid education online resource, aimed at teaching simple first aid actions to children aged 5-11.


The soon-to-be-launched free website contains all the tools and information primary teachers need to teach first aid even if they have no previous knowledge or experience in first aid.


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



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Notes to editors

• For press enquires, images or to arrange an interview, please contact Henry Makiwa on 078 774 99038/

• You can get a free goodie bag from the British Red Cross at the Education Show (stand C66) which includes a new poster with Newsthink activities on different sizes: A3, A2 and A1

• Further activities are being added to the Newsthink site at

• For other humanitarian education and first aid hardcopy resources see our shop

• The Life.Live It team, will also be offering free cups of  hot chocolate and a chance to test the first aid website which is still in its beta stage.

• 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 British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
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.

In the event that we raise more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent, any surplus funds will be used to help us prepare for and respond to other humanitarian disasters either overseas or here in the UK. For more information, visit