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EXPLORING HUMANITARIAN LAW

Teachers and Coordinators Network Ne w sl et te r fo r Tea ch e r s in On ta r io Cu rr icu lu m Ma tch ed Ca se S tu d y Ed it io n April, 2013.

EHL Teachers Conference Report

EHL Teachers Conference in Hamilton, ON November, 2012.

The report from the EHL Teachers Conference at Brock University on November 30th & December 1st, 2012 is now available. The report highlights geographic and subject area demographics of the teachers in attendance, teacher feedback about the most interesting components of the training and toolkit, as well as teacher testimony which was VERY positive! The report also includes resources as requested by teachers in attendance such as the EHL curriculum resources that are available online, as well as a free 3 hour EHL online tutorial for teachers provided by the American Red Cross. These and other resources are shared on page 12 of the report. Also, don’t miss photos from the conference in the report which are up on our Facebook page! A very special thanks to our Ontario Zone Teacher champions Marilyn Wylie and Andrew Cresswell as well as Atlantic Zone Teacher Champion Taunya Pynn-Crowe for sharing their strategies for implementing the curriculum as our teacher facilitators at the conference.

South Sudan: Thousands More Affected by Violence Thousands of people (mainly civilians) have been affected by the armed conflict in Southern Sudan. Many have been wounded, families have been separated, and access to food and water has been difficult. The ICRC has sent in response teams to help out the victims by treating the wounded and distributing relief items such as kitchen sets, blankets, and mosquito nets. Image Source: ICRC EHL Connections: Module 1: Exploration 1B: Looking at humanitarian acts Module 3: Exploration 3C: Who is responsible for respecting IHL? Module 5: Exploration 5A: Needs that arise from the devastation of war.

Syria: Updates from the Field Despite ongoing challenges, essential items have been distributed throughout the country. The ICRC has been working in cooperation with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to provide aid and relief. EHL Connections: Module 1: Exploration 1B: Looking at humanitarian acts. Module 5: Exploration 5A: Needs that arise from the devastation of war. Exploration 5E: Ethics of humanitarian action.

Image Source: ICRC


Democratic Republic of the Congo: Civilians Again Trapped by the Fighting Due to the fighting in Kitchanga, a shell has exploded near Saint-BenoĂŽt Hospital wounding patients and staff. There is no evidence to suggest that the hospital was targeted. But the ICRC is very concerned about the fate of the people here and reiterates the fact that medical personnel, medical Image Source: ICRC

facilities, and hospitals must be spared at all times.

EHL Connections: Module 3: Exploration 3C: Who is responsible for respecting IHL? Module 5: Exploration 5A: Needs that arise from the devastation of war

Use of Nuclear Weapons: No Effective Relief Would be Possible Prior to the international conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons that took place in Oslo on March 4-5, the ICRC stressed that in the event of a nuclear explosion, the international community lacks the capacity to provide relief and humanitarian assistance to survivors. EHL Connections: Module 2: Exploration 2A: Limiting the devastation of war Exploration 2D: Focus on weapons

2013: A Successful Year Ahead for EHL in Ontario! Thanks to the success of our teacher champions, nearly 2000 students have been reached by the EHL curriculum since January 2013! Take our EHL mid-term suvey to update us about EHL implementation in your class! Planning for the 2013 EHL teachers conferences is well underway with our Summer conference taking place at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Education August 20 & 21, 2013! For more information about the conference view our conference flyer and email ehl@redcross.ca!

Emmanuel Jal: War Child Screening April 26, Toronto Gatwitch Records, record label of the Toronto-based South Sudanese hip-hop artist and former child soldier Emmanuel Jal will be hosting a private screening of his film War Child on Friday, April 26th at 6:30pm. Hear Emmanuel share his personal stories in his documentary which reflect the themes of Exploration 2C: Focus on child soldiers. Visit the event page from Gatwitch Records on Facebook for more details!

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Exploring Humanitarian Law Newsletter for Educators in Ontario, April 2013