We have rights. Workshop strengthening the youth group and expands its activist actions.

Przemyśl Lab


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


Time: preparations – 1 hour, implementation – 2 godz.

Persons: 1 animator, 10-15 participants (teenagers, high school level)

Equipment/materials: flipchart, markers, Information printout and question bars

Tags: #prawa #młodzież #mniejszości #działania



If the group wants to act but lack ideas or inspiration, you can show two short films: „Think about it” („Przemyśl to”) (, password: polskalab_2) and „Anonymous” („Anonim”) (, 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:

  • Human rights are listed in the European Convention on Human Rights (Council of Europe) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (United Nations). There is also the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted by the United Nations. The resulting rights of a child, like human rights, are divided according to the following categories:
  • Personal, enabling the development of the child. These include: the right to life, the right to an identity, the right to development, the right to education, the right to living in the family, the right to express one’s views, the right to information;
  • political or public, through which the child expresses its views and participates in the life of its group, community, state. These are: the right to express one’s views, the right to participate in associations;
  • social, which are the responsibility of the state and adults to create the right conditions for mental and physical development of a child. These are: the right to decent living and adequate living standards, the right to health care, the right to rest;
  • economical, allowing the child to prepare for economic independence from others. The most important one is the right to learn. In addition, the protection of labour law, whether in the context of compulsory education or holiday job.

b) International youth oriented strategies:

  • The EU youth strategy envisages, inter alia, that young people are actively involved in social activities and that the governments of Member States like Poland should listen to them and take into account their proposals for the preparation, implementation, and evaluation of strategies and actions, especially those related to education, health, and prosperity. The entire state system should prevent exclusion.
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  • The Council of Europe’s youth policy priorities include:
    • ensuring young people’s human rights and dignity, and young people’s involvement in this area,
    • ensuring equal opportunities for all young people in all areas of everyday life,
    • supporting young people to promote cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and cooperation in everyday life,
    • preventing and combating all forms of discrimination on any basis,
    • supporting youth initiatives in conflict prevention and conflict management, as well as reconciliation through instruments of intercultural dialogue, including its religious dimensions,
    • supporting the integration of excluded youth.