MAKE THE SOUP (10 MIN)
Tell the group that they have 2 minutes to look at the cards and think about which ones are most important to them. Then, going around the ring, ask each person to pick up one card that represents something that they think is important for a dignified life, say one sentence (only) about why it is important and then put the card in the cooking pot.
Keep going around the ring until people feel that there are no cards left that are important to them. They can also pick up a blank card, say what it is and add it to the pot. People should not comment on each other’s choices at this time.
TIP! Be strict on timekeeping here – you need to save time for the discussion that follows!
DISCUSSION (20 MIN)
Once all the cards that people want to add have been added to the pot, tell the group that we have now made our ‘soup of life’. Ask them to discuss the following questions:
- Are any of the ingredients we added non-essential for a dignified life?
- Did we leave any of the ingredients (cards) out and leave them on the ground. Why?
- What impact does it have on us when ‘essential ingredients’ are missing in our lives? Share thoughts.
- If a group in another part of the world did this exercise, do you think they would have very different needs or are some human needs universal – so basic that all human beings share them?
- Conclude the discussion by saying that human beings all over the world have much in common simply because we are human and share the same needs.
GALLERY WALK (15 MIN)
Ask participants if they have heard of human rights. Tell the participants that the posters on the walls introduce the human rights that every man, woman and child on earth has, according to international human rights agreements that almost all the governments of the world have signed up to.
Take all the ‘human needs cards’ from the previous exercise and hand them out to participants. Take a ‘gallery walk’ around the room visiting each poster. As you come to each poster, read out the poster text, ask if anyone has a ‘human needs card’ that relates to that human right and ask anyone who says yes to say what that need is. (Matching posters and cards have the same icon on them, so this should be easy!). Move on immediately to the next poster without discussion – you need to match two posters per minute!
Don’t worry if no one suggests a card for a particular poster, keep going round the posters and when you come to the end match up any remaining cards people haven’t mentioned, using the icons as a guide.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (10 MIN)
After you have read out all the posters and matched them to the needs cards, discuss:
- Do these rights reflect the needs you have for dignity in your life – in other words are they relevant to our lives?
- Which of the rights are respected and protected in our country/community and which are not? If the group finds this hard, mention some human rights you know of that are denied in law or in practice.
TIP! If you are able to have a longer session, you could add discussion time to this exercise.