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British Red Cross puts teachers in soldiers’ shoes at Education Show

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You are a soldier hunting down a notorious war criminal; he appears at a public event. You have the chance to eliminate him, but in doing so there is a very real risk of killing innocent civilians. What do you do?
Such are the almost impossible moral teasers the British Red Cross will be posing teachers at this week’s Education Show in Birmingham to highlight the organisation’s resources for teaching young people about the rules of war. 
Anyone managing to correctly answer one multiple choice question will win themselves a British Red Cross “War is Brutal” teaching pack. This pack contains four award-winning photographs and explores themes of conflict and international humanitarian law. Each photograph comes with a set of teaching notes explaining the stories behind the pictures along with useful discussion points, role-play and creative writing exercises.

Karen Gravell, British Red Cross humanitarian education officer, explains: “These questions really get people thinking and force them to consider the difficult decisions people have to make during war. There are rarely clear cut answers, and the discussion generated enables young people to see the links between people in crisis around the world, themselves and their wider communities.

“We are hoping to provoke discussion and engage teachers, students, parents and other visitors with the work we are doing in schools. The British Red Cross is continually working with teachers to help them explore humanitarian issues and build pupils’ confidence, willingness and ability to help themselves and others in a crisis. Our aim is to help develop more resilient and humane communities,” she explained.

The British Red Cross offers a range of free lesson plans and teaching materials for teachers in many subjects such as citizenship, geography, history and PSHE on its website ( Last year alone people downloaded resources from the site more than 30,000 times.

“We have an updated education catalogue of topical material covering themes of conflict, disasters, diversity and health, which will be on display at the Education Show (15 – 17 March 2012),” Karen said.

“Our latest Newsthink resource looks at the stories behind recent headlines, including the current fighting in Syria, USA tornados and water shortages. We are continually working to offer current teaching resources to help teachers explore humanitarian issues and develop life saving skills with students.”

The charity is also campaigning to get first aid and humanitarian education onto the schools curriculum, and has set up an online petition, allowing teachers and parents to register their support.

Visitors to the Red Cross stand at the national Education Show will be able to chat to the charity’s passionate staff and learn more about their education resources that make life easier for teachers.

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


Notes to editors

• For press enquires, images or to arrange an interview, please contact Henry Makiwa on and Nichola Jones ( or 02078777618)
• The British Red Cross will be exhibiting in Hall 4 at stand J55 of the Education Show at the NEC, Birmingham March 15th to 17th 2012.

• To support the Red Cross online petition to include Humanitarian Education and First Aid in the schools curriculum please visit:

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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.