Changing minds, saving lives and building resilience through values based education for all

A) Objectives of the pledge:

Recalling the “Skills and Values Based Education” pledge from the 31st International Conference 2011, we commit to promote, collaborate on, and provide humanitarian education that further develops skills, knowledge and attitudes of children and youth to help and care for oneself and one another and be agents of change contributing to safer, healthy and resilient local communities.

Humanitarian education enables individuals and communities to interpret situations from a humanitarian perspective and empowers them to address challenges and take action through voluntary service in the spirit of the Fundamental Principles and humanitarian values of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. It promotes humanitarian values such as dialogue, mutual understanding, respect for diversity, nonviolence and inclusiveness, and equips learners with life-saving and community resilience-enhancing skills, such as first aid, psycho-social support, nonviolent communication and mediation.


B) Action plan:

Activities to be undertaken

    • Identify, develop and deliver programmes, projects and activities which nurture and develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes of children and youth to help and care for themselves and others, interact peacefully and reduce the vulnerability of their community. This includes conducting a Global base line mapping on humanitarian education initiatives of RCRC National Societies.


    • Share values and skills based education initiatives on the Humanitarian Education Learning Portal (HELP community) and other online platforms, to learn one from another and develop action-oriented initiatives and projects together.


    • Include humanitarian values and skills based education in relevant national policies, strategies and operational plans, and promote its integration into formal and non-formal educational curricula. Targets for the pledge/what do we want to achieve?




    • By 2019 all Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies reach out to children and young people with values based humanitarian education through formal, non-formal and informal education channels.


    • By 2019 at least 50% of National Societies and the International Federation have partnerships with public educational authorities and other stakeholders in the area of education. Criteria for successful implementation (by 2019)





      • The Movement components and States are committed to values based education within their respective country, including through the inclusion of humanitarian values into relevant educational policies, strategies and operational plans, as well as curricula.




    • More than 50% of National Societies are actively involved and collaborate on values based education initiatives and share these on the HELP community.


C) Indicators for measuring progress:


D) Resource implications:


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