My World in Colors- Intercultural Citizenship

Type of tool: 
60-90 min
Topics addressed: 
Intercultural learning
Social inclusion

Express Your World in Colors: Intercultural Citizenship


The general aim of the tool is to foster intercultural citizenship education through promoting values of human rights and tolerance to cultural diversity.


Peer Learning

Step by step process: 

Participants are divided into two equal groups, preferably in two different places (where they cannot see each other directly to minimize distractions)

For the first group:
Provide colors with dishes (one color in each dish). Then we ask each one to draw the 5 most important things in his/ her life (such as identity symbols, family, places, activities, hobbies, spiritualities...etc.) in different places on the canvas sheet.

For the second group:
Provide same colors but in one big dish and we ask the group to mix them (they will produce a dark gray color). Then ask them to paining one thing that they all agree on.
The results:
We will have two paints; a colorful paint full of life (many items) and a dark gray paint.
Present the two paints to the whole group and get reflections. Hear from both groups; how they feel?

On the second round, ask each member of the second group to paint a cross with gray color over one item on the first group paint that he/ she believes it is not important in his/ her world.

1. Ask the whole group what they feel now?
2. Ask the first group how they feel about messing up with their paint?
3. Ask the second group members (individually): why you crossed each item?
4. Ask those whose painted items have been crossed, how they felt.

Materials and resources: 

1. Two white Canvas fabric sheet (primed and ready to paint) 2-4 meters each according to the size of the group.
2. Acrylic paint colors (the more colors are better).
3. Paintbrushes for acrylics (different sizes, almost double the number of participants)
4. Classical background music during the painting


Participants will learn how to respect differences and appreciate diversity and inclusion. They will understand the importance of being included (your values are being recognized, understood and respected). Also, they will promote human rights values that strengthen community resilience.


The tool was tried in “Preventing Youth from Radicalization” training course held in Amman in April 2019. The advantages were:
-The advantages of visual learning include storing information longer, makes communication quicker and simpler, including everyone.
-Motivate young people to fully engage in peer learning.
-It is an effective approach to change people attitude leading to positive behavior change.
-It takes time
-It is costly

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