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Online courses

Learn about Sphere and related topics using your computer or mobile device with these e-learning courses, videos, webinars and other self-study and distance-learning resources.

Sphere e-learning courses

These courses can be accessed via Sphere’s Learning Management System here. They have been created by Sphere and are focused on Sphere topics. On finishing the final module of each course, you may download and/or print a certificate of completion.
  • How to be a Sphere Champion
    e-learning 1 hour 2018 English French Spanish Arabic By Sphere
    Learn how to promote Sphere within your network, and how this benefits the people affected by crisis and disaster that you serve. By the end of the module, you will be able to explain:
    • the Sphere Approach to humanitarian response;
    • The usefulness of the Sphere Handbook to prepare, manage and coordinate humanitarian relief efforts;
    • the benefits of using the Sphere Handbook to fulfil a commitment to quality and accountability; and
    • the first steps to advocating for Sphere within your network.
  • Sphere for Managers: How to Champion the Sphere Approach in Your Organisation
    e-learning 1 hour 2016 English French Spanish Arabic By Sphere
    Select this course if:
    • you wish to discover the benefits of the Sphere Handbook for preparing, managing and coordinating humanitarian relief efforts;
    • you are a manager involved in humanitarian action working in an organisation of any size, national or international and including governmental agencies; or
    • you wish to learn how to take the first steps to disseminating Sphere within your organisation.
  • The Sphere Handbook in Action
    e-learning 10 to 12 hours 2016 English French Spanish Arabic By Sphere
    Select this course if:
    • you wish to learn how to put Sphere standards and principles into practice; or
    • you have humanitarian experience but do not fully use Sphere in your work.

Humanitarian Standards Partnership (HSP) learning resources

The following on-line learning resources are provided by Sphere’s partners in the HSP and can be used to deepen your knowledge in the technical areas of child protection (CPMS), livestock (LEGS), economic recovery (MERS), education (INEE), market analysis (MISMA) and inclusion of older people and people with disabilities (ADCAP) in relation to humanitarian action.
  • Basic Principles of Disability Inclusion in Humanitarian Response
    e-learning 30 minutes English By HelpAge International
    Select this e-learning to learn how to:
    • define disability, impairment and root causes;
    • identify the models of disability, from charity to the human rights-based model;
    • define the categories of impairments;
    • explain the challenges faced by older people and people with disabilities in humanitarian contexts, and factors increasing their vulnerability;
    • define older age and the perceptions of ageing and attitudes towards older people; and
    • improve attitudes towards people with disabilities.
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    Conflict Sensitive Education
    24 minutes English By INEE
    Based on the INEE Conflict Sensitive Education Pack, and developed in coordination with INEE members and Truscribe, this video illustrates conflict sensitive strategies for each of the INEE Minimum Standards five domains: 1) Community Participation, Coordination and Analysis, 2) Access and Learning Environment, 3) Teaching and Learning, 4) Teachers and Other Education Personnel, and 5) Education Policy.
  • Education in Emergencies Learning is Their Future – Darfuri Refugees in Eastern Chad
    Case study English By INEE
    Select this resource to increase your knowledge of:
    • why education in emergencies if life-saving and life-sustaining;
    • what defines safe and quality education in emergencies; and
    • what the INEE Minimum Standards are and how they can be applied to a refugee situation.
    The target audience includes:
    • Ministry of Education (MOE) representatives
    • Donor agencies
    • University students studying education in emergencies
  • LEGS Gender Module
    e-learning 30 minutes 2018 English By LEGS
    Select this e-learning if you’d like to:
    • learn about gender issues in planning and implementing livestock-based emergency responses;
    • get insights into gender analysis; and
    • discover some practical tools to support these processes.
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    Ten Things You Should Know About LEGS
    5 minutes English By LEGS
    Watch this video if you’re looking for a quick and lively introduction to LEGS: what it is, where it came from and who it’s for.

Other partner courses

Sphere contributed to the development of the following courses, which are based on Sphere content, or closely related to it.
  • Being Accountable to Affected People
    e-learning 2 hours English By The Academy
    After completing this course, you will be able to:
    • define “accountability to affected people” and identify steps that can be taken to improve accountability to affected people;
    • explain “taking account”, “giving account” and “being held to account”;
    • identify why it is important to be accountable to affected people; and
    • explain what accountability to affected people means in practice, related to real-life actions across the programme cycle.
  • Introduction to the Core Humanitarian Standard
    e-learning 1 to 2 hours English French Arabic Swahili By The Academy
    Select this course if:
    • you are a humanitarian at any level;
    • you do not work for a humanitarian organisation, but you wish to understand why humanitarian organisations act in certain ways; or
    • you are looking for an overview of the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability.
    The CHS is integrated into the Sphere Handbook. The intellectual property is jointly held by Sphere, Groupe URD and the CHS Alliance. This course was created by the Humanitarian Leadership Academy in partnership with the copyright owners.