This is the second activity on human rights. This activity can be used as an immersion on the topic after the warming-up. You can find more activities on human rights here.

 

DURATION

30 minutes

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

Between 6 and 16 participants.

MATERIALS

No specific needs

PRECAUTIONS

Print out some human rights. The ones given here are just examples and can be replaced by any other one.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. 

Everyone has the right to live, liberty and the security of person.

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

No one shall be held in slavery or servitude.

A simplified version of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be found online following the link below.

https://www.youthforhumanrights.org/what-are-human-rights/universal-declaration-of-human-rights/

PREPARATION

The facilitator will start the activity with a discussion about Human Rights. Good points to discuss are:

Which Human Rights do the participants know, which don’t? 

What is the historical background of them? 

Why are Human Rights important?

The facilitator therefore should have some knowledge about Human Rights, which might need preparation.

LINK TO THE TOPIC

This activity serves as a starting point to discuss human rights. After thinking about the personal meaning of Human Rights to the participants, they can experience what others feel about them, and why they are important.

OBJECTIVES OF THE ACTIVITY

  • Diving in the topic of human rights
  • Defining which importance and meaning human rights have for the participants

DESCRIPTION

This activity will be divided into 3 parts:

1st part: Discussion (10 minutes)

The facilitator will talk to the participants about human rights. The aim here should be that every participant has basic knowledge about the concept of Human Rights.

2nd part: Creating a statue (10 minutes)

Each participant draws a piece of paper with a human right excerpt written on it and reads it to themselves silently. They take a moment to think about what the sentence means to them.

Now the participants move freely through the space. Have them find the other participants with the same excerpt. Groups are formed as everyone with the same human right gets together.

Each group has 2 minutes to create a statue according to the human right. The statue may include sound or little movement. The statues are then presented to the other participants. Take some time to discuss every statue – what can the participants see, what is the meaning of the statue? It is important that each participant remembers their pose for the next step.

3rd part: Statues in relations (10 minutes)

In the following step the statues are put in relation to each other. One participant enters the space and chooses a spot to build their statue. One after another the participants position themselves according to what they already see and create relations, according to space, distance, expression etc. Each participant uses the statute they have showed before but separated from the rest of their group.

When all participants have positioned themselves, the facilitator asks them how they feel internally but also in relation to the others. This is done by thought tapping different GMs.

The participants may change their positions up to three times to find their final position. They are aware of the needs and states their statues are in.

The facilitator walks throughout the space and asks participants what they experience/feel by tipping on their shoulders.

REFLECTION

  • What personal meaning did your excerpt have for you?
  • Did you encounter dissensions while forming your statue?
  • How did you feel to combining all the statues into one? 
  • How did you feel when you settled for a final position?