|Adapting the programme materials to your needs|
Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) can be adapted for use in schools and in out-of-school settings around the world. As you familiarize yourself with the programme, consider how you might want to adapt the programme in light of your context and your students.
The EHL programme contains a wide variety of learning materials. As you prepare to teach EHL, one part of your task is to select those materials and activities that are most appropriate for your context and class; another is to identify local resources that can be used.
You may choose to use examples from local history to provide a sense of nearness for your students. Before introducing examples of your own, it may be helpful to first work with the original materials to understand how they contribute to the learning goals that have been set out. Once you are familiar with the original materials, you will be in a better position to choose appropriate substitutes. When adapting materials it is important that you avoid focusing on the perpetrators of violations and that you ensure that the changes or additions that you make reflect the spirit of IHL and of humanitarian values.
You may wish to avoid using controversial examples taken from local history as they might evoke extremely strong reactions that obscure the IHL content or disrupt the learning process. It is important that students be able to look at issues objectively. Experience has shown that students will often spontaneously refer to examples closer to home once they have examined examples taken from far-away contexts.
The activities can be adjusted for different age groups and academic levels.