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The power of humanity

The power of humanity

This assembly kit explores the film ‘the power of humanity’ that was made to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Support young people to develop their understanding of the work of the Movement, explore the term humanity – central to the work of the Movement, and reflect on what it means to be a humanitarian or to behave in a humanitarian way.

A PowerPoint and set of notes for the slides accompany the film.

Learning objectives

Learners will:

  • Consider the term ‘humanity’ and what being humanitarian means through exploring a range of humanitarian attitudes, behaviours and actions.
  • Understand how the Red Cross started, and some of the work of the Red Cross in the UK and overseas.
  • Reflect on their own feelings and reactions/responses to those in need.
  • Explore humanitarian actions and/or attitudes they might take in their own lives
Suggested age range: 11–19

Resource overview

  1. Start by introducing the term ‘humanity’, exploring what it means with learners.
  2. Share some definitions of humanity.
  3. Link the idea of humanity to the work of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
  4. Watch the film ‘the power of humanity’.
  5. Ask learners to share their responses to the film and link their ideas back to the idea of humanity.
  6. Watch the film again considering the actions, attitudes or behaviours taken to help those in need as part of the humanitarian work of the Red Cross.
  7. Ask a learner to read out the text describing how the Movement started, linking to the idea of the power of humanity.
  8. Ask learners to partner up to explore what they think is powerful about humanitarianism.
  9. Close with learners reflecting on their own humanity, considering how they might take these ideas into their own actions and lives.


These resources were written by Rob Bowden and Rosie Wilson of Lifeworlds Learning and published in October 2015.


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