The primary learning goal of EHL is to help young people embrace the principles of humanity in their daily lives. The curriculum contributes to developing social awareness in young people and sharpens their sense of civic responsibility. The teaching materials emphasize the importance of protecting life and human dignity during armed conflict and, by extension, at all times. The curriculum makes a distinctive contribution to citizenship education.
The teaching methods used in EHL require students to play an active role in the process of learning. This enables them to develop a practical 'humanitarian' perspective and to understand a subject as seemingly dry, and complex, as IHL. The programme teaches and strengthens many important academic skills and helps students develop the ability to make sound choices that can prevent violence and high-risk behaviour.
Young people have a stake in learning about the ethical and humanitarian issues that arise during wars and other situations of violence. These issues are relevant and meaningful for young people everywhere, and teachers play a role in helping their students explore them.