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 delegates

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

HCRI students have organised a number of Young People in Humanitarianism Conferences (YPHC), for which they are assessed through their participation, organisation and reflection. They are tasked with designing and delivering a series of interactive talks and exercises on issues related to humanitarianism and disaster response, for participants from local secondary schools to tackle.

At the 2024 YPHC, we were joined by over 80 students from Manchester Academy, Malbank School, Wirral Grammar, Altrincham College, and Reddish Vale school.

The bulk of the day was an extended disaster response simulation, with sessions on ‘Preparing the population for the event - role of the media’, ‘Managing an unfolding disaster’, and ‘Getting aid – post disaster’.

We hope this will become an annual event, given its success to date.

Previous YPHCs have included a day with Buile Hill Visual Arts College, with thematic streams on: human rights, refugees and disasters and climate change. Some learned to devise human rights for the fictional, 'People's Republic of Greater Manchester', others experienced a day in the life of a refugee; whilst some tackled climate change problems.

You can also view our short video from the conference held in 2019.

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