Insider/ outsider

Goals of the exercise: To see the prejudices and the exclusion, how they affect us and how we can solve them.
Age of the participants: 14 – 17 years old
Number of participants: 30
Duration: 40 minutes
Materials: none

Step by step

  1. Split the participants in two equal smaller groups.
  2. One group is going outside the room and the other group is staying inside.
  3. The trainer that is staying with the group inside the room is telling them jokes, stories, etc.
  4. The group that is outside is just waiting to be called to enter.
  5. The group inside is asked not to tell to the other group anything about what was happening in the room.
  6. When the group that was outside, comes in, they start conversation about something that is not related to anything.
  7. Then after a while the group that was outside is asked how they feel about that they were not involved in the conversation with the group from inside.

Debriefing

  • Open a discussion with the questions: What were you doing outside of the room? Did you feel punished for staying outside? Did you felt insulted?
  • What do you think is the reason you were excluded? How do you feel about the group inside?
  • Guide the discussion towards real life and how does it feel to be left out?
  • Have we encountered such situation and have we or anybody else tried to change the situation with a positive outcome? What should we do?

Authorship/adaptation or source: unknown source, adapted by Association PEL
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