EDC will design a four-year law and justice program and develop curriculum for high schools throughout California, with $2 million in funding from the San Francisco-based James Irvine Foundation. The new program will integrate existing resources, build connections to potential careers, and address California state and national standards.
Attacks on civilians, torture, the use of child soldiers or biological weapons—all are prohibited in war. But not everyone is familiar with the international humanitarian laws that govern armed conflict. To introduce students to the concepts and content of these rules, EDC and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) developed the Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) program.
For the thousands of foreign workers employed as domestics in countries around the world, jobs often carry unanticipated dangers. Recruited by international agents who promise lucrative jobs in exchange for a large fee, these workers often discoverthat legal protections from exploitation or abuse are all but nonexistent. With no
recourse, some are forced into virtual slavery
or resort to crime and prostitution to survive.
More than 50,000 foreign workers are employed as domestics in Bahrain today, yet they lack legal protection from exploitation or abuse. Instead, these workers—typically women and girls from Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe—rely on the protection of their employers or unscrupulous international agents who bring them into the country for profit.
Most countries in the world have established a national curriculum framework whose content reflects the country’s unique values, traditions, and world view. The idea of an international curriculum seems like something of an oxymoron. How can a curriculum—particularly one dealing with such topic areas as history, ethics, and conflict—be relevant and adaptable to countries from every continent, given the differences in culture, politics, and education systems?
Funded by the International Committee of the Red Cross and developed by EDC, EHL is a rich investigation of International Humanitarian Law for secondary school students. It is currently in use in more than 55 countries worldwide, including those experiencing active conflicts, such as Israel, the Palestinian National Authority, Northern Ireland, and the former Yugoslavia.