This is the third activity on active citizenship. This activity can be used as an immersion on the topic after the warming-up. You can find more activities on active citizenship here.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
Between 6 and 12 participants.
No preparation is needed.
LINK TO THE TOPIC
Knowing if help is needed and how to help in real life situations empowers the participants to take responsibility and act accordingly.
OBJECTIVES OF THE ACTIVITY
- Recognizing situations in which help is needed
- Taking action and responsibility for others
The participants are moving in the space. One half of the group enacts bullies, the other victims. Whilst moving, the facilitator asks questions the participants answer for themselves silently:
How do you move? In which pace are you moving? Where do you look? What feelings or emotions can you experience?
Next, those who’ve just impersonated bullies turn into victims and vice versa. This first step should take no longer than 10 minutes at most.
After that, make pairs. Each pair now devises two scenes where someone is being bullied. The end of the scene marks the peak of the conflict. It is shown as a still image.
Note: In doing so, each partner once takes the role of a bully and once of a victim.
Each pair shows one of their scenes. At the peak of the conflict (freeze) the rest of the group has the possibility to step in as a “saviour” and either come to the aid of the victim by joining the scene or by giving suggestions how the victim could handle the situation by themselves.
If necessary, the scenes can be repeated to open the possibility for different solutions/suggestions.
Naturally the evaluation and reflection will emerge when the scenes are presented.
- Do we need to step in and become a saviour? Why? Why not?
- What can the victim do to help themselves in this situation?
- What can the saviour do to intervene?