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Teaching resources and lesson plans

We all know that young people today will shape our world tomorrow. Red Cross develops educational / teaching resources about Red Cross' humanitarian work to care for vulnerable people and communities facing a major disaster or personal crisis, both in Australia and internationally.

Teaching resources

Emergency Services

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery lesson plans to help teachers educate students from pre-school to year 12 about important emergency preparedness and recovery information. Years K-12.

Read this inspiring case study of teaching kids about disaster preparedness in schools.

Celebrating Diversity

A comprehensive schools kit with lesson plans prepared for National Harmony Day. Classroom manuals, modules and activity sheets explore themes of cultural diversity in Australia, migration and Australian culture, racism and more. Years K-12.

Banning the use of nuclear weapons

An engaging lesson plan where students explore the ongoing impact that the use of nuclear weapons has had on humanity and on the environment since being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Years 7-11.

Tracing: restoring family links

The Tracing: restoring family links lesson plan covers one of the most fundamental International Red Cross and Red Crescent activities: tracing the wounded and missing in war, and restoring communication between divided families. Years 8-10.

Under the Red Cross emblem

Introduce students to the meaning of the red cross emblem - one of the most recognized and most important emblems in the world. Learn why it is unique and how it saves lives. Years 8-10.

School Breakfast programs

Red Cross delivers a Good Start Breakfast Club program in disadvantaged schools across Australia, run by volunteers in partnership with schools. See our ideas and fact sheets for schools considering starting a breakfast program.

Red Cross Blood Service - Club Red

Club Red encourages students to get a group of friends together and give blood. There are a number of requirements. To find out more take a look at our brochure and if you're interested in joining Club Red register here or call us on 13 14 95.

Students resources

Emergency Services

After the Emergency - a website for young people recovering from an emergency. It includes a recovery booklet for younger children to download and a recovery playlist for older children and young adults.

Blood donation

The Red Cross Blood Service has online student resources about donating blood.

App: First Aid

Download the free Red Cross First Aid app - a comprehensive pocket guide, giving you access to the most up to date First Aid information anytime, anywhere.

App: And then I was a refugee …

Download this app which shares the insights of experienced Australian Red Cross staff and volunteers, highlighting real scenarios faced by people from refugee backgrounds, and demystifies the refugee experience - a crisis millions of people find themselves in today.

School project ideas

About Red Cross

Australian Red Cross is part of the world's largest voluntary humanitarian organisation. Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies operate in 188 countries. Our Movement has two international governing bodies - the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC).

In everything we do, our volunteers, members and staff are guided by seven Fundamental Principles - Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality.

100 years of Red Cross in Australia

In 2014 Red Cross celebrates its Centenary, an important milestone in the social history of Australia.

Visit the Red Cross Centenary website to see a beautiful photographic timeline of our 100 year history, starting when WWI broke out in 1914. Browse through hundreds of inspiring personal stories told by ordinary Australians who have helped people in crisis during times of war, when disaster strikes and every day in communities across the country. It's a great Australian story.

Ways for students and young people to get involved

There's so many ways young people can get involved with Red Cross.

Take a look at some of our community fundraising activities which are fun and educational, and give young people the chance to interact with their local community and gain social awareness about issues facing vulnerable Australians.

Take the Y Challenge where teams of young people complete community projects in their school or wider community, led by a teacher or mentor.

Learn about Club Red which brings together students and schools to donate blood.

Become a Red Cross Young Humanitarian and share your passion for tackling disadvantage and nurturing a more humanitarian society. Find us on Facebook.

Support the Red Cross advocacy campaign for a world without nuclear weapons. Over 1,000,000 people signed up to support our first online campaign to target nuclear weapons. You can take The Next Step in the campaign and share what you love - show the world what's at stake if we don't end the threat of nuclear weapons.

Resources for parents

Emergency Services

Red Cross has developed resources to help parents talk to their kids after an emergency:

Lesson plans

Banning the use of nuclear weapons
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Tracing: restoring family links
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Under the red cross emblem
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Disaster preparedness and recovery
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Celebrating Diversity
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