THINK (9 MIN)
First gather round the context/problem analysis flip chart sheets and ask participants to remind themselves of the problems identified. Then ask participants to look at the ‘action ideas’ flipchart sheets, and especially at ‘our favourite action ideas’, and silently think about the following questions:
- What problems do our action ideas try to tackle?
- Which of these problems are most important to tackle?
- Which problems can we make a difference to?
PAIR (10 MIN)
Ask participants to get into pairs and explain the following task:
In your pairs, choose one problem you think we should make an action plan for today, based on your thoughts about what is important and what we can make a difference to. Be as concrete and specific as possible in defining the problem. For example, instead of saying that the problem is ‘intolerance’ you could say:
- Minority children are being bullied at the local school, or
- Local religious or political leaders or local media are using hate speech.
Instead of saying minority (or all) women are vulnerable, you might say:
- High rates of school dropout among (minority) girls,
- Street harassment, especially of minority women, or
- Early and forced marriage.
And instead of saying government discrimination you might say:
- Local police do not investigate crimes against people from minorities properly, or
- Community X can’t get permission to build a place of worship.
TIP! Adapt these examples so that they are relevant to your context!
SHARE (10 MIN)
Ask each pair to say which problem they chose in one sentence.
Write the problems in a list on the left-hand side of a flipchart sheet or whiteboard. Leave a space to the right for people to put a cross next to the problems they want to vote for.
VOTE AND CHOOSE (20 MIN)
Ask everyone to put a cross on the flipchart next to the TWO problems that they, personally, think the group should develop action plans for. Discuss the results in the group and together decide on a maximum of three problems to write action plans for (fewer than three if your group is smaller than 12 as you need a minimum of four participants per problem).
Emphasise that even if the problem you put a cross next to hasn’t been chosen, you can use the action planning skills we learn today to work with your chosen problem at a later date.
DIVIDE INTO GROUPS (3 MIN)
Ask the group to stand in a ring. Go around the ring numbering participants from one to the number of action planning groups you will have, (e.g., from 1 to 3 if you will have three groups).
Allocate a problem to each group and tell participants that their group will develop an action plan for that problem in the next session.
If any participant very strongly wishes to be in a different group to the one allocated (perhaps because they have knowledge of a particular problem), see if anyone is willing to swap. (Instead of numbering participants you could allocate specific participants to specific problems or to let participants choose which problem they want to work on – but make sure the action-planning groups are evenly balanced in terms of participant numbers.)