Non- violent communication

Goals of the exercise: To identify the ways of communication that are disturbing or not disturbing the participants in their schools. To teach the participants about the techniques of non – violent communication. To develop skills for non – violent communication.
Age of the participants: 14- 17 years old
Number of participants: 15 to 20 participants
Duration of the exercise: 40 minutes
Materials: two hammers

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Tree of expectations

Goals of the exercise: To show participants’ expectations and fears related to the topic – violence against children. To involve them in the process of recognizing what is fear and what is expectation.
Age of the participants: 14-17 years old
Number of participants: 30
Duration of the exercise: 40 minutes
Materials: sheets of paper, pencils, two hammers

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I (dis)agree

Goals of the exercise: Face our fear of the unknown, develop an interest in new things, define ourselves
Age of the participants: 13+
Number of participants: 5-16
Duration of the exercise: up to 60 minutes
Materials: a game token for each player, a game board and a set of cards (see Building the game)

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Hot wire

Goals of the exercise: To strengthen the capacity for cooperation and communication
Age of the participants: 10+
Number of participants: 10-30
Duration of the exercise: 30 minutes
Materials: Rope (possibly with small bells), can be played both inside and outside

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Snap

Goals of the exercise: a small exercise or demonstration of concentration, tension, relaxation and how strong group influence can be
Age of the participants: 10+
Number of participants: 4+
Duration of the exercise: 30 minutes
Materials: bottle and ping-pong ball

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In or out

Goals of the exercise: A discussion about affiliation and exclusion; to experience consequences of exclusion; to recognize one’s behavior in situations when they’re excluded; to experience how belonging to an exclusionary group brings positive emotions; to recognize that being the excluded minority hurts much more than the majority thinks
Age of the participants: 13+
Number of participants: 12+
Duration of the exercise: 45 minutes
Materials: none

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Her/history

Goals of the exercise: to get to know each other, which is also well suited for groups who already know each other and want to continue working together/ self-reflection to know each other, self-reflection on migration and (own) origin
Age of the participants: 13+
Number of participants: 4-30
Duration of the exercise: 40-60 minutes
Materials: pens, paper (if possible DIN A3), questionnaire (s.u.)

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Like in real life

Goals of the exercise: To learn how racism and discrimination take away the opportunity to develop and to experience things; to learn about the unequal distribution of rights and opportunities (by gender, origin, skin color, appearance, age, health, education level…) and its impact on our life and career; to  learn empathy towards the role of the weak and strong in the society, discuss competition
Age of the participants: 13+ / very good practice for facilitators
Number of participants: 6-20
Duration of the exercise: 60 Minutes
Materials: space – all participants must be put side by side and they should have enough space to walk forward; all participants need one prepared role card

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