The Story of an Idea

We have had a District Level Training for two days on the Red Cross Movement and IHL – International Humanitarian Law. Then we gave a shorter version of the training to the 8 youth circles at each School. By using participatory methods and games, we made the training interactive.

We told the history of Red Cross through the video: “The Story of an Idea”  It shows how the founder of Red Cross, Henry Dunant, came up with the idea of creating an independent and universal humanitarian organization. We talked about the Red Cross emblems and explained how the organization consists of three parts, ICRC, IFRC and National Societies, working closely to ensure a high level of professionalism and effectivity that we must contain in order to reach the people in need as fast as possible. Then we gave the participants a key word each, making them retell the story together.

The Red Cross has 7 fundamental principles that guides all our work. For the youth volunteers to understand them better we used a “principle puzzle” where they in groups had to connect the right principle with the right picture.

The last topic of the training was addressing voluntary motivation. What makes us motivated as volunteers and willing to stay in the Red Cross? The youth wrote down some important points, like helping others, developing yourself and being useful and acknowledged as a resource.

L & L