The International Humanitarian Law Action Campaign aims to teach young people about international humanitarian law through a peer education model. Team Leaders, along with local chapter staff, are trained on IHL, facilitation skills, and program management. Each pair of student Team Leaders recruits fellow students as Team Members. The Leaders train their Members on IHL through Raid Cross, an interactive and experiential training. During Raid Cross, Team Members participate in six simulations that represent the perspective of a different stakeholder (prisoner of war, government official, military personnel, among others). During educational simulations teams take audience members on an interactive journey. The goal is to inform audience members about different topics such as the military use of children in an experiential way, by asking them to assume appropriate character roles, deal with dilemmas, etc. Then, Team Leaders and Members design and implement an Action Campaign to teach their peers and their community about a selected IHL topic.
For the next 8 weeks, we will be posting pieces written by young people participating in the IHL Action Campaign around the United States. These university and high school students are learning about IHL rules, principles, and values in order to inspire young people in their schools and communities to take action and raise awareness about IHL and humanitarian issues.
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