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.
Children in class with their hands up.

Age: 5-19

Type: Teaching guide

Subjects: Cross-curricular

A teaching pack which includes a guide to our resources and posters for primary and secondary schools.

  • Conflict
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect
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
Primary children drawing together.

Age: 5-19

Type: Lesson planning

Subjects: Cross-curricular, Tutor time

Key dates and awareness days to help plan your lessons.

  • Conflict
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect
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
People hold placards as they take part in a vigil for the victims of an attack on concert-goers at Manchester Arena on 23 May 2017.

Age: 11-19

Type: Lesson plan, Photo

Subjects: PSHE, Tutor time

Help young people talk about the attack on Manchester Arena in May 2017 and explore the roles of practical help and emotional support.

  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
  • Newsthink