Type of tool: 
0-30 min
Topics addressed: 
Social inclusion

Using images to understand how stereotypes and prejudices about people, foreigners or minorities are functioning.


Participants addressing the issue of minorities in their ethnic, linguistic and religious context.

Step by step process: 

Ask participants to form teams of three or four people.
Tell the teams to collect several sheets of paper and a pencil and to find somewhere to sit so they are slightly isolated from each other.

Call up one member from each team and give them a word.
The words are: Minority, Majority, Religion, Human Rights, Language, A Muslim, An Arab, A foreigner.

Tell them to return to their groups and to draw the word while the other team members try to guess what it is. They may only draw images, no numbers or words may be used. No speaking except to confirm the correct answer.
The rest of the team may only say their guesses, they may not ask questions.
When the word is guessed correctly tell the team to shout out.
Put the score up on the flipchart.
After each round ask the drawer to write on their picture, whether finished or not, what the word was.
Now ask the teams to choose another member to be the drawer. Make sure everyone has an opportunity to draw at least once.

At the end ask the groups to pin up their pictures so that the different interpretations and images of the words can be compared and discussed.

Ask participants to say if the activity was difficult and why.
Then ask people to look at the drawings on the walls and compare the different images and the different ways people interpreted the same words.
Ask them to say whether or not the images correspond to reality and ask the drawers to say why they chose particular images.
Go on to ask where we get our images from, whether they are negative or positive and what affects that may have on our relations with the people concerned.

Materials and resources: 

- A list of things for participants to draw;
- A flip chart and marker to record the scores;
- Sheets of paper (about A4 size) and pens for the group drawings;
- Sticky tape or pins to display the drawings.

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