My experience with…….
…. democracy and participation
Activity: the aim of this activity is to stimulate in the participants a reflection on their own experiences of participation. They will share positive and / or negative examples of democratic participation and give their definition of participation.
Time: 90 minutes.
Materials: large paper (flip chart paper) and colour pens/crayons.
The first step is the individual drawing and symbolizing process concerning the personal experiences with ‘democracy & participation’ in a ‘life line / biography line’ (made with crayons on a large piece of paper). The participants are invited to mark or to symbolize as much as they want to express.
The second step is the sharing process in small groups (usually three people).
Some guiding questions for the group work might include:
− Was it is easy or difficult to remember personal experiences (good or bad) with ‘democracy and participation’? What kind of ‘images’ came up regarding this question?
− Do you have special memories of a ‘good example’, where you felt you participated well? (If you want to give and share a negative experience / example, please feel free…).
− How do you personally describe the term ‘democratic participation’? What is your definition? What are your criteria of an ‘ideal democratic participation’?
Debriefing: Try to collect significant aspects of the experiences (similarities, differences, good examples…) in the community / society.
The trainer should conclude with an ‘outlook’ leading to the next step and follow-up.
Adapted from the manual “Yalla, let’s start…. Democracy & Participation in Youth Work” http://tinyurl.com/jsf652s
I like, I don’t like, I wish….. (Optional – not included in the Training Plan)
Evaluate in a dynamic, quick and informal way a training or workshop. It can be used at the end of the activities.
Time: It depends on the number of participants. 20 minutes would be enough for 20 participants.
Materials: 3 chairs.
Instructions: Three chairs are positioned in the middle of the room.
Each chair represents respectively the” I like…”, “I don’t like…” and the “I wish…” of the training that the participants attended. In turn every participant will be asked to sit in each of the three chairs and express a thought answering the questions. Participants should use a few words to share their feelings with other participants.