Introduction to Humanitarian Crisis Workshop

Nowadays, more than 65 million people worldwide are forcedly displaced from their homes, figures higher than after the Second World War. At this point, it is essential that our society acknowledge the reality of refugee population, their initial and present situation, their needs, and also, how the different humanitarian organizations respond to this type of crisis.

Understanding the reality of refugees and the role of the involved governments in order to adopt long-term and sustainable solutions is crucial, especially among young people, so that as members of civil society they are aware of their present and future responsibility in the face of a situation that seems far from improving.

This module is mainly addressed to students of Baccalaureate and Technical degree.

From 3 to 7 hours
Face to face
Spanish, Catalan, English and French


The overall objective is to contribute to raise awareness about the reality of displaced and refugee population’s worldwide, their problems and the humanitarian response they are offered in the field.

According to the interests of each school and students, other specific objectives can be defined and developed, such as:

  • Personal and interpersonal skills (teamwork, collaboration, leadership, career guidance)
  • World’s knowledge and interaction competences (empathy, awareness, humanitarian crises as a global event)
  • Competence in general and information management: design and management of projects.


The content of this module includes the introduction to basic concepts such as:

  • Humanitarian aid and response to refugee population.
  • Initial needs assessment.
  • The 10 Priorities in humanitarian emergencies.

Design and implementation of a facility to assist refugees


The methodologies defined and used are based on experience learning, combining a first classroom theoretical part and a second practical and experiential outdoors activity.

All facilitators from La Cooperativa Humanitaria are willing to share their knowledge and experience acquired in the field with all participants in order to boost significant learning and get the student actively engaged in his/her learning experience. At the same time, this will allow participants to have a first direct contact with humanitarian aid professionals and standard materials.

The dynamics and exercises carried out seek to encourage the student to become actively involved in their learning experience and in the understanding of refugee populations’ reality.

Previous experiences

  • IES Maremar, Masnou
  • Escoles Pia Terrassa
  • Escola Virolai, Barcelona
  • Escola Montagut, Vilafranca del Penedès
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