|Using personal experience: Ethics of humanitarian action|
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This workshop is divided into two sessions, each approximately an hour long. Plan to take a break after "Understand the EHL materials," before moving on to Session 2, "Experience the classroom."
Step 1: Workshop objectives
The teaching methods you will learn in this workshop are "Discussion," "Writing and reflecting," and "Using dilemmas." You will explore these methods with the help of Exploration 5E: Ethics of humanitarian action.
The exploration raises these questions: "What are the working principles by which humanitarian workers are guided when they act on behalf of victims of armed conflict?" "What are the principles of impartiality, neutrality and independence and why are they useful in humanitarian action?" "What ethical dilemmas do humanitarian workers encounter?" In Exploration 5E, students look at some of the principles that frame humanitarian action in general and the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in particular. The workshop is designed to raise the same questions for teachers. The aim is to familiarize yourself with a variety of pedagogical approaches for exploring the principles on which humanitarian action is based and the challenging ethical dilemmas that confront humanitarian workers.
Take a look at the following workshop objectives:
Overview: What goes on in this workshop?
In this online workshop, you will do Exploration 5E: Using personal experience: Ethics of humanitarian action as if you were a student. You will also view slide presentations on the teaching methods used in this exploration: "Discussion," "Writing and reflecting," and "Using dilemmas."
You will need to keep an EHL journal to record your reflections. You may use your own paper journal, or download our journal template and type in your journal entry.
Step 2: Understand the EHL materials (60 minutes)
Read and clarify
Use the EHL journal template for note-taking as you view the slide presentations.
Do the exploration
You might be wondering: "Why do I actually have to engage in the activities that my students will do in class? Why can't I just read through them?" Many teachers feel that way initially. By doing the exploration as if you were a student, you will absorb the material and the issues related to it as your students will. In addition, sharing your reflections in Community activities will give you an opportunity to interact with teachers who have similar questions.
Do Exploration 5E. If you are doing this workshop in a group, selected teachers should conduct the exploration, using the suggested sequence of 3 steps and then the step titled 'Close.' The 3 steps are, in order, "The idea of working principles," "Applying working principles in humanitarian action" and ‘"Ethical dilemmas in humanitarian action."
If you are doing this workshop on your own, invite a few friends or family members to participate, so that you can discuss the working principles and apply them to actual ethical dilemmas that come up during humanitarian action.
EHL Journal reflection
After doing the exploration, write down your thoughts on the advantages and the risks of using discussion and dilemma analysis as teaching techniques.
Take a break and continue with Session 2 later.