Humanitarianism and the Red Cross

Explore humanitarianism with our free lesson plans and teaching materials, which are ideal for PSHE and Citizenship teachers.

Our free teaching resources help young people to consider humanitarian issues and encourage compassion, courage and the desire to help others.

Get primary and secondary teaching ideas about:

  • what it means to be human
  • what is a humanitarian act
  • why humanitarian aid is important
  • the work of the Red Cross in the UK and abroad.
Kindness Calendar

Age: 7 - 11

Type: Quick activity

Subjects: PSHE

Take part in our school kindness calendar to bring the value of kindness to life.

  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
Smiling child

Age: 11-19

Type: Assembly, film

Subjects: Citizenship, PSHE

A PSHE and Citizenship assembly kit exploring the power of humanity through a film.

  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
Smiling woman walks alongside Red Cross volunteers

Age: 14-19

Type: Lesson plan, video

Subjects: Citizenship, History

A lesson plan about humanitarianism and how it guides the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
Syrian refugees and other volunteers fill sandbags to stem flood water in York city centre, December 2015.

Age: 11-16

Type: Lesson plan, video

Subjects: Citizenship, SMSC

Help learners see refugees as “someone like me” to build mutual respect and empathy and build a shared future.

  • Refugees and migration
  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
Child smiling by aid boxes

Age: 11-14

Type: Lesson plan, videos

Subjects: PSHE

Explore the concept of humanitarianism and what it means to be human.

  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
Humanitarian aid distribution in Homs, Syria.

Age: 14-19

Type: Lesson plan, video

Subjects: Citizenship

A lesson plan about the principle of humanitarianism that guides the work of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
The Red Cross and Red Crescent Emblems

Age: 11-16

Type: Assembly

Subjects: Citizenship, PSHE

A role-play assembly exploring the meaning of the Red Cross, Red Crescent and Red Crystal emblems, especially in conflict situations.

  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross