Your basic mission :
Complete the online Strategy 2020 course on IFRC’s Learning platform.
If you have not used IFRC’s Learning platform or do not know how to enroll in the course, please view the video tutorials available below.
If you have already completed this course, you can choose any other course available on the Learning platform.
When you are finished:
- Send your certificate of completion for Strategy 2020 to redtalk_AT_ifrc.org (replace _AT_ with @ to get our working e-mail address)
- Write your thoughts, reflections, and comments in response to the mission’s thought-provoking question and the learning objectives in the Comments section at the bottom of this page
- Carefully review the other learning activities outlined below — you don’t want to miss the upcoming Google Hangout where we will meet online!
This mission’s thought-provoking question
If you had to choose between saving lives and changing minds (the IFRC’s tag line), which would you choose and why?
Your learning objectives:
- Identify the three aims and three enabling actions of Strategy 2020
- Explain the link between Strategy 2020’s Strategic Aim 3 (promotion of social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace) and the role of young people in promoting humanitarian values and life skills
- Reflect on the relationship between Strategy 2020 and the goal of the Global Youth Conference to develop a youth strategy, building on its youth policy, in which youth promote humanitarian values and life skills
Why it’s worth completing this mission
By completing this mission, you will learn about how the the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the world’s largest humanitarian network, has defined its strategic aims for the decade – and how these aims include big plans and a central role for young people in shaping the future.
Strategy 2020 challenges the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to “do more, do better, and reach further” in saving lives and changing minds. It asks for a special focus on young people not only for today but also for the future, recognising their particular role in building and sustaining communities that are based on respect and solidarity. Building strong National Societies requires the NSs to attract and retain more young people. It urges that young people be educated, enabled and empowered to be active in leading and participating in voluntary activities and in the governance, management, and services of National Societies.
War, humanitarian crisis, corporate excesses, climate change – the litany of challenges facing the young can all be seen as symptoms of man’s inhumanity to man and our environment. We are not going to realize the world we dream of without compassion and the promotion of humanitarian values and life skills. Social media and new communication tools can be used to promote these values or to fan the flames of negativity, disrespect and indifference. Human behavior as a root cause of many of the world’s problems informs the programs of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, but these programs must be continuously revamped to become more inclusive and pertinent to today’s issues.
If you only have 30 minutes…
If you only have 30 minutes, use it to complete the Strategy 2020 online course on IFRC’s Learning platform.
To complete the course, you will first have to create an account on IFRC’s Learning platform, if you do not already have one. This screencast shows you how to create an account, and provides some guidance to recover your lost password and/or user name. You do not need to view it if you can already access the Platform.
Once you have created your account, please follow the instructions in the next screencast to enroll in and launch the Strategy 2020 course.
If you have more time…
2. Dive in
Read IFRC’s Solferino Youth Declaration and Youth policy , two key documents which outline the International Federation’s view of youth as agents of behavioral change. If you’d rather watch a video, click here to view one that underscores how youth are on the move.
Share your thoughts in the comments below or write a post on your own blog in which you propose a strategy for youth to address an issue faced in your community. Don’t forget to Tweet using the #RedTalk13 hash tag or share on Facebook once you’re done.
Join your fellow RedTalkers in our first online discussion. The date, time and other information needed to connect will be sent to all RedTalkers. If you haven’t done so yet, please enroll so we know how to reach you. This will be your first opportunity to meet, see, and hear from other participants — as well as to meet some of the folks working hard to prepare the Global Youth Conference.
Good luck with this week’s mission. We look forward to meeting up with you all online later this week and discovering what you’ve learnt.
Have a great week
The RedTalk team