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Part 5 - Modules


Dots

MAIN THEMESPrejudice and discrimination.
DURATION30 minutes
TARGET GROUPYouth leaders, youth workers.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVESTo introduce the idea of stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination.
To raise awareness about our common attitudes with people "different" from us.
To promote "thinking outside the box" or creative thinking in conflict situations.
  
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES OR SERVICESIMPORTANT: This is a non-verbal game.

Instructions:
1. Ask all participants to find their space in a room, then close their eyes. Tell them that they are not allowed to talk through the whole duration of the game.
2.Stick one dot each on the forehead of each participant. Make sure that only ONE participant has a white dot.
3.When you are finished putting / sticking the dots, ask the participants to open their eyes.
4.Say this phrase / instruction loudly and repeat only 3x "YOUR GOAL IS TO GROUP YOURSELVES ACCORDING TO YOUR DOTS"
Give them 10 minutes to do this.

*You will notice that people will start grouping themselves according to the color of the dots on their forehead.
** Observe the person with the white dot – how he or she is treated, thrown away from a group, or unwanted.

5. After 10 minutes, ask the groups to sit down, and start the discussion.

Feedback:
How did you group yourselves?
How did you feel not knowing what you have on your forehead?
More specifically, ask questions directed to the person with the white dot: How did you feel?

Debriefing:
Ask participants to relate this game with reality. Tell them that the instruction was simple, that they group themselves according to the dot, BUT you did not say if it is according to shape or color. Tell them that they could have all formed one group, because they all had a DOT on their foreheads – regardless of its color.

In reality, we often look at our differences more than our similarities. Sometimes, we let our own prejudices decide how we interact with the rest of society. Encourage participants to give real life examples that can be related with the game.

Ask participants to also reflect on the stereotypes that exist between people of different cultures, races and gender. What does this mean to the group?
  
HUMAN RESOURCES NECESSARY Ideal number of participants is 15-20.
MATERIALSDots or circles in sticker form and in different colors.
OBJECTIVES REALIZEDParticipants realize that in many cases, we often see our differences rather than our similarities.
Participants can relate how sometimes we lack the creativity to think outside the box.
METHODOLOGY USEDNon-verbal activity.