The Red Cross emblem

An assembly role-play activity exploring the role of the Red Cross emblem, especially during conflict.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Emblems
Citizenship, PSHE
Humanitarianism and the Red Cross

For an engaging assembly, just photocopy the performance script, decide who is going to play each of the roles – young people, teachers or both. Then have a read through or rehearsal.

If you have time, you can enhance the performance by including some of the add-ons. The follow-up activities explore the emblem in more depth in class after the assembly.

Learning objectives

Learners will:

  • gain an understanding of the significance of the red cross emblem, particularly in conflict situations
  • learn about neutrality and impartiality in the humanitarian work of the Red Cross
  • consider aspects of international humanitarian law or the 'rules of war'.

Resource overview

1. Performance

Learners read out the script in front of the assembly, with the PowerPoint slides shown in the background.

2. Discussion activity: preparing for the performance

In groups, learners discuss and add captions to the photos.

3. Chorus activity: preparing for the performance

Cast a chorus, who will present the questions and thoughts young people may have.

4. Follow-up activity: Video

Watch the short video The Story of an Idea, which tells the story of the Red Cross.

5. Follow-up activity: Poster

Learners design a poster that raises awareness of the emblems.

6. Follow-up activity: Writing

Learners imagine they are a lawyer and write a letter to someone who has misused the emblem.

7. Follow-up activity: Emblem-spotting

Learners look out for examples of the emblem and bring in photos or newspaper cuttings of any they spot.


This assembly kit was researched and written by P J White and produced in August 2006. It was revised in October 2018.

The photo of the red cross and red crescent flags ©Thierry Gassmann/ICRC.

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