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Looking back

Participants can outline the meaning of the Declaration of Human Rights and can give examples to demonstrate that Human Rights as we know them today are the result of a process of years and years.

The activity is divided into two parts: Part 1 is a brainstorm about historical dates; part 2 is a memory game.

Part 1: Brainstorm about historical dates (15 minutes)
  1. Divide the group in smaller groups of 4 people and give to them a big piece of paper.
  2. Said to the groups that the piece of paper is to write important historical dates that they remember related with Human Rights.

Note for facilitators: If a group finds this task difficult, give them some time to deal with this feeling. If they can’t think of anything, help them with pointers such as “Have ordinary people, women and non-white people always had the same rights as privileged groups such as royalty – how did that change?” or “think of a really terrible period in history – did that affect human rights (violations)?”

Part 2: Memory game (25 minutes)

[Before the activity: Familiarise yourself with the cards attached to the end of this activity. Copy the sheets of game cards and back them with the stiff paper to make the cards more durable. Make sure to mix them well so that matching pairs are not adjacent.]

  1. Explain that there are pairs of cards. The task is to identify the pairs and to match them.
  2. Tell people how to play. The participants should form small groups of four.
  3. They should spread the cards face down on the floor. In turn, people turn over two cards. If the cards are a pair, then the player keeps them and has another go. If the cards do not match, then the participant turns them over so they lie face down again on the floor in exactly the same spot as they were before. The next player then has a go to turn over two cards. It is a memory game, because people have to memorize where the different cards lie, in order to be able to pick up matching pairs.
  4. The winner is the player who holds the most pairs of cards at the end of the game.
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