Taking place on 19th August every year. Recognizing and appreciating humanitarian workers worldwide.
World Humanitarian Day
How to approach it
Next, encourage your students to think through the values required for humanitarianism. There are two key things to think about here: care and sacrifice. First, discuss with students why it is good to care for people. You could begin by talking about friends or family and then expand this focus to strangers, even people who live very far away. Ask: what are the benefits for others? What are the benefits for ourselves? What is better about a caring world than a non-caring world? In terms of sacrifice, you could take some real word examples of humanitarian workers (such as de Mello in Iraq) and show the incredible work they do. Ask: why do these people work so hard for others? Through this, introduce an appreciation for the sacrifice of humanitarian workers and, importantly, an understanding that there is so much joy and purpose in helping others.
Finally, it is useful to introduce a critical perspective to humanitarian work. Humanitarian aid is vital in many circumstances, but there are some instances in which it can exacerbate the divisions between rich and poor. One example of this is when excessive clothes or food shipments are given to poor countries. This can harm their local industries and farmers (because this reduces demand for their products) and further entrench local poverty. Another example is the botched relief effort of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans that saw military contractors harass survivors, discriminate against black people and evict working class people from their homes. Ask your class: what is good humanitarianism and what is bad? What are ways that can seem helpful but, long term, are not? Show students that aid and caring for others has to come in the right way.
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