The president’s advisors
In this role-play exercise, the participants have just been appointed as the President’s Religious Affairs Advisors and have to work together to make recommendations to the President.
About the exercise
- Group exercise
- Time required : 55 minutes – 1 h 35 minutes
- Target audience : Best suited to civil society organisations/human rights defenders, faith leaders, and others involved in lobbying or advocacy work.
- To help participants explore their attitudes towards rights for others in their own context, revealing and working with any resistance towards rights for all.
- To enable participants to apply knowledge they have learned about FORB and develop problem-solving skills.
In this role-play exercise, the participants have just been appointed as the President’s Religious Affairs Advisors and have to work together to make recommendations to the President on how the State should handle specific situations relating to freedom of religion or belief. This exercise requires a basic understanding of FORB among participants and should follow a knowledge input on understanding violations of FORB. (A ready-made knowledge input on this topic is available as part of Session 4 of the Local Changemakers Course.
This exercise requires careful and thoughtful facilitation, as it can uncover prejudices participants have in relation to who should have what rights, as well as misunderstandings of rights. Opposing views on concrete and controversial issues in the local context may well arise and create tensions. It is important to create a trusting environment so that participants feel comfortable sharing what they really think, instead of saying what they think the facilitator or others in the group want to hear.
TIP! Build your confidence as a facilitator by reviewing the ‘Tips for facilitators’ section and ‘Responding to tricky questions’.
Source: Bassem Maher, Katherine Cash and Kristina Patring