Online Toolkit

Part 5 - Modules


MAIN THEMESMinorities, Human Rights.
DURATION1.5h - 3h.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVESTo raise awareness about the plight of refugees.
To create a better understanding of the problems of refugees as well as to spread an understanding that refugees are not a threat to local people but are themselves threatened.
To explain who exactly refugees are and what they have been through.
To discover the concrete problems refugees encounter.
To see what forces people to flee their homeland and understand possible trains of events that bring them into refugee situations.
To feel the psychological anguish caused by separation and flight.
1.Divide the group into families:
- give one envelope to each family,
- give one sheet "Family Data" to each family,
- each person should choose one role from the "Family Data" (10mins),
-each player should act out his or her role and make a short scene.

2. The Separation:
-blindfold, scatter and mix the different families,
- explain to the team leader that each family has to look for their other members to be reunited once again,
-give each family the sheet "How did you feel when you were blindfolded?" (10mins),
- "Family Data" fill up the box "Things contained in the emergency supply case"
- give each family one "handicap card".

3. The Temporary Shelter:
- the "Refugee leader" appears and brings the families to the temporary shelter,
- the "Terrorist" appears once and a few minutes later, appears again.

4. Crossing the Border:
- the "border official" gives to each family a form to fill out.

5. The Refugee camp:
- two NGO guys:
    -one makes the registration of families,
    - the other gives the sheet "list of available supplies" and later gives water, some biscuits and a blanket.

6. The Interview:
-give each family a sheet of paper that explains they will have an interview and that they should choose a spokesman (5-10min),
- the "immigration officer" makes an interview to each spokesman. He could use any teacher as a translator.

Ask participants to abandon their game roles and make a circle in the middle of the room.
Guide the discussion by asking the following:
- How did you feel about the activity?
- What did you learn from the activity?
- How are these examples relevant in today's society?
HUMAN RESOURCES 15 - 30 participants and 4 game leaders.
MATERIALSCopies of the scenes to be role-played and the attached cards -this can be printed directly from the website
Paper, coloured pens, pencils, scissors, a ball of string, ribbons, blindfolds, cups chairs, tables, objects that make noise when dangling, ex. tin cans, a stop watch, a whistle, a megaphone, a rubber stamp with an ink pad, cardboard, a folder to keep all the game documents in order.
OBJECTIVES REALIZEDThis game encourages participants to think about possible solutions to refugee problems, especially regarding their integration within the country of asylum and repatriation to the country of origin.
It helps young people to adopt a more welcoming attitude towards refugees and motivates them to undertake various actions on behalf of refugees.
METHODOLOGY USEDRole play, simulation game and discussions.
MORE INFORMATIONUNHCR developed this simulation game. A ready to print version of the activity materials can be downloaded from