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Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

Young People in Humanitarianism Conference

This programme engages secondary school students in current world affairs, and encourages them to take on and attempt to deal with complex global crises.

Young People in Humanitarianism Conference

As part of the Humanitarian Case Studies module, Humanitarianism and Conflict Response MA students organise an annual Young People in Humanitarianism Conference. The conference, for which students are assessed through their participation, organisation and reflection, is funded by the Schools University Partnership Initiative.

The inaugural conference was held in 2016, and involved students from nine secondary schools in Greater Manchester. Our HCR students were tasked with not only the logistics of organising a conference for 150 people, but were also responsible for preparing the activities along three streams: refugees, disasters and medical humanitarian agencies. We had three full preparation days during semester two; this was then followed with the conference day in June. School children were immersed in activities based on their stream. Some learnt to tackle an Ebola epidemic; others experienced a day in the life of a refugee; whilst some tackled problems much closer to home, namely the 2015 Christmas floods in the Peak and Lake Districts.

The next conference will be held on Tuesday 20th June at a venue in or close to the University of Manchester on Oxford Road.