When a group of young, active people, who feel their rights or the rights of others are violated, is formed, it needs knowledge and tooling support to enable them to take further effective action. This workshop builds the basic legal awareness of the state’s obligations towards citizens (including, but sometimes especially, minors), shows a number of possible actions and points out where to turn for support and help.
Author: Jan Dąbkowski
Ask the youth if they have any rights. If so, what? Write your ideas on the flipchart. Then divide the group into 3-5 subgroups and assign each an excerpt of an international document that guarantees and describes their rights as children, adolescents and citizens (Information 1). Include a printed question bar:
Read the materials you have received and think together:
Prepare to share your conclusions with other groups.
Ask the group if read rights and information were clear. You can ask how the group understands, for example, the right to dignity (or other rights if necessary)? You may find it worth taking a moment to discuss this and other rights. Definitely worth it, because there are not many such opportunities. Ask how the documents they have just read have are used in the real life – how many people feel that these assurances are respected, that they are free to fulfil their needs, that they are protected.
On the flipchart, list the areas, specific rights or freedoms that the group considers unfulfilled or not accepted. Then, let the group choose the most important topics, those they want to address. Let everyone vote on the subject they want to discuss – you can give each person one vote, a few or an unlimited number, but suggest not to vote for everything. You have to start with just one matter. Take care of the topic or topics that have won the most votes.
Show the group (or groups, if more topics have been chosen) printed question bars:
If the group wants to act but lack ideas or inspiration, you can show two short films: „Think about it” („Przemyśl to”) (https://vimeo.com/207037171, password: polskalab_2) and „Anonymous” („Anonim”) (https://vimeo.com/207008747, password: polskalab_1) that treat about relations between Poles and the Ukrainian minority. The films were created by young people
from Przemysl – both people from the Ukrainian minority and a Pole – based on their experiences and reflections. Movies encourage discussion about stereotypes, prejudices and their consequences for the community. See Minority neighbours scenario.
a) Intercultural documents on the rights of children, youth and citizens:
b) International youth oriented strategies: