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.
safe learning environment

Age: 5-19

Type: Teacher briefing

Subjects: PSHE, Citizenship

Create a safe and inclusive learning environment that support your pupils to explore sensitive or challenging content in engaging and safe ways.

  • Conflict
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect
Teaching-Resources-Humanitarianism-and-the-Red-Cross

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
A boy holding an aid parcel.

Age: 7-19

Type: Teacher briefing

Subjects: Cross-curricular

A handy glossary of some of the words that commonly appear in our online teaching resources.

  • Conflict
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect
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
Children in class with their hands up.

Age: 5-19

Type:

Request or download a free teaching pack which includes a guide to our resources, a pen and a poster.

  • Conflict
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect
The power of humanity

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
Paper-doll chain

Age: 7-11

Type: Lesson plan, video

Subjects: PSHE

A lesson plan about humanity and what it is that makes us 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
Primary children drawing together.

Age: 5-19

Type:

Key dates and awareness days to help plan your lessons.

  • Conflict
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect
What is humanitarianism

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