|Ways into starting work on the theme of
This pack has been written for people throughout
Europe who meet in
a variety of settings. It is fully recognised some people
will be working with groups who may need very simple activities
which do not require such good group work or discussion
skills. The following activities may be useful starting
points to help stimulate questions and start discussion
about the issues of the campaign.
Once the people in your group show interest
go on to one of the simpler activities in the main section
of the pack, e.g. something at level 1 to develop the group
and start working with images such as 'One
equals one', 'First impressions'
• To provide information
• To encourage interaction and co-operation
• To stimulate interest in issues
• To raise awareness of people who
Tips for the facilitator
Use and adapt the ideas below to suit
the people in your group.
In any discussions try to talk about:
• what people said or did.
• what they have learnt from the
exercise and how what they have learnt relates to their
own lives, the community and the wider world.
Find pictures of people who may be different
in some way, stick them onto large sheets of paper and write
an unfinished sentence underneath. Choose the particular
sentence to focus peoples' minds on the issue you want to
raise, for example, 'I am from...' 'My favourite food is...'
My favourite music is...' 'My name is...'. Ask people to
finish the sentence. Alternatively ask them to write their
suggestions on the posters.
An alternative is to collect pictures of
people who are famous locally, nationally or internationally
for resisting racism, fighting intolerance, promoting equality
etc. and ask people to say their names and what they are
2. Different foods - different tastes
If you sell crisps and snacks in your club
or for your group buy in a variety of different snacks
which come from other cultures e.g., popadoms, prawn crackers.
Sell brand named colas with labels in another
language (bring them back with you from holiday abroad).
Try to get people to be adventurous and try different
3. New magazines - new languages
Bring in youth magazines written in different
languages or from other countries.
Leave them around for young people to pick
up, take the opportunity to raise their awareness of people
who are different.
4. Board games
Have a selection of board games from other
Again, sensitive questioning will raise
their curiosity about other cultures.
5. Quizzes and questionnaires
Design and photocopy word searches, for
example for names of different cultural festivals, currencies
or any issue you want to raise awareness about.
'How much do you know?' questionnaires about
famous people who have promoted tolerance, e.g.: Mahatma
Ghandi was famous because:
a) he was a footballer,
b) he was the leader of the Indian independence
c) he was Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Matching statement quizzes:
Make lists of traditional foods and their countries of
origin. Ask people to draw a line between the food and its
country of origin.
6. Theme nights
Invite someone who is 'different' with a
special talent to share with the group e.g. reading Braille,
traditional dancing, woodcarving, chanting mantras, playing
an instrument (bagpipes?), wearing traditional costume.
7. Films and videos
Watching films or videos is entertaining
and may be informative. It can be a very useful tool if
linked with local campaigns or events so young people can
become involved in the issues.