Training course on humanitarian principles [Archives:2004/778/Local News]

October 4 2004

By Shaker Al-Molsi
Yemen Times Staff

Under the auspices of the Minister of Education, a humanitarian training course has been organized from October 2nd-6th at the Center for Research and Educational Development, Sana'a, in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The opening ceremony was attended by Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Habtour, Deputy Minister of Education, Ronald Ofteringer, ICRC communication delegate, representative of the head of the delegation in Yemen, and a number of pressmen.
“The course is meant to train 16 participants in international humanitarian principles so that they themselves train other teachers in the country,” Ofterings mentioned.
“This is part of a program set up by the ICRC. It aims at making secondary school students acquainted with international humanitarian principles and able to apply them to conflicts around the world and at home. The program consists of teaching units with a sophisticated methodology and a teachers guide, implemented in 60 countries and translated into some 12 languages,” he added.
Yemen started implementing the program in scholastic year 2003-2004, as a pilot project in 16 schools, in 8 provinces. Now, it is considered one of the leading countries in terms of applying the program.