|Rationale for teaching EHL|
Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) was developed on the premise that education in international humanitarian law (IHL) is relevant, meaningful, and useful for young people in all societies. The subject is pertinent and timely everywhere - regardless of a particular country's experience of armed conflict or other situations of violence - for a number of reasons:
EHL seeks to help young people embrace the principles of humanity in their daily lives.
In particular, it fosters:
More generally, EHL contributes to developing social awareness in young people and sharpens their sense of civic responsibility. EHL emphasizes the importance of protecting life and human dignity during armed conflict and, by extension, at all times. Thus, it makes a unique contribution to citizenship education at every level: local, national and global. It can be used in any political context and educational system, and its flexible framework allows for easy incorporation of future developments in IHL.
The content of EHL is related to academic subjects such as civics, social studies, philosophy, history, law, and literature. Its teaching methods reinforce many important academic and life skills such as communication, disagreeing respectfully, reasoning, research, problem-solving, and critical thinking.