|Small-group work: Responding to the consequences of war|
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We would have liked the Red Cross to tell the international press about it. We would really have appreciated that. But when you think about it, doing that—revealing all that they'd seen—might have provoked the authorities into banning them from the prisons. If that had happened, we would have been the losers.
During the 10 or so years of conflict between Iran and Iraq, the ICRC played a unique role protecting prisoners of war in both countries: its delegates visited and registered the names of 56,925 Iraqi soldiers held in Iran and of 39,588 Iranian soldiers held in Iraq. Some 13 million Red Cross messages were exchanged between these prisoners and their families. Since the Iran/Iraq conflict broke out in 1980, 98,000 prisoners of war held by both sides have been repatriated.
This workshop is divided into two sessions of approximately one hour each. 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 "Small groups" and "Using dilemmas." You will explore these teaching methods with the help of Exploration 5C: Focus on protecting prisoners.
Take a look at the following workshop objectives:
Overview: What goes on in this workshop?
In this online workshop, you will do steps 1, 2, 3, and 4 of Exploration 5C: Focus on protecting prisoners, as if you were a student. You will also view slide presentations on the teaching methods used in this exploration: "Small groups" and "Using dilemmas." As part of Exploration 5C, you will view two student video clips: Light in the darkness and A prisoner remembers, and you will analyse a dilemma.
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.
Do steps 1, 2, 3, and 4 of Exploration 5C.
EHL Journal reflection
After doing the exploration, go through the steps in the EHL journal template for addressing the dilemma: If you were the ICRC delegate, would you discuss the case of mistreatment of these three prisoners with the director of the prison?
Take a break and continue with Session 2 later.