This is the fifth activity on human rights. This activity can be used for reflection. You can find more activities on human rights here.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
6 or more
- Long string, preferably woolen
No preparations needed.
LINK TO THE TOPIC
While this reflection activity has a rather loose link to the topic, the string used in this activity can be seen as a metaphor for human rights, which connect us as a common sense of justice and fairness.
OBJECTIVES OF THE ACTIVITY
- Closing the workshop
The participants sit in a circle.
Give the ball of string to someone in the circle. This person holds onto its end and throws the rest of it across the circle to another player. Together with the string a verbal message is sent to the
person who catches the string.
Depending on context, the message can be a comment about the workshop
(something she has liked or disliked), a message for the person to take away from the group, a hope for the future, and more.
The receiver then holds onto the string and throws the ball across the room to another player, again sending a verbal message with it.
The process continues until everyone is holding onto the string, which has made a spider’s web pattern. The facilitator can point out that the participants are connected through the string, which stands as a metaphor for human rights.
At the end of the activity the facilitator may cut all the string connections between
players. Everyone can keep their own piece of string to remind them of the message they received, and the things they have learned.