Diversity Zigzag

September 1, 2020

To illuminate this period of social distancing and offer you meaningful activities, Equitas has adapted some of its activities to respect physical distancing measures.

Here is the online version of ‘Diversity Zigzag’, drawn from ‘Play It Fair!’ toolkit.

  • Age: 11+
  • Time: 20 min
  • Purpose: To experience in a physically distant setting sharing our values and to think about how we are different but equal, and why it is important to respect differences.

You can download the instructions of this activity as a PDF to share it more easily: Diversity Zigzag Pd Sept2020

Material:

  • 1 chair for each participant


How to play:

  1. Form a large circle with the chairs, making sure there is one for each participant. Ensure that each chair is 2 meters apart from the closest chair. If you do not have enough chairs or enough space sitting on the ground is fine too, however the 2 meters must continue to be maintained at all times. In this case replace chairs with other physical distance markers on the ground, such as chalk or tape.
  2. Ask everyone to sit down – either on a chair or the ground.
  3. Ask everyone to name something they consider important. Give some examples, including: music, judo, family, respect, etc. Remind the group to listen careful to what the others are saying.
  4. As a facilitator, stand in the middle of the circle. Explain that:
      1. When the person in the middle points to someone and says ‘Zig’ that person must name the thing the person on their right considers important.
      2. When the person in the middle points to someone and says ‘Zag’ that person must name the thing that the person their left considers important.
      3. When the person in the middle says ‘Zigzag’ then everyone in the circle must name a thing that any person in the circle considers important, so long as that person is not who is sitting beside them.
  5. Whenever someone makes a mistake, they replace the person in the middle.
  6. In addition, when the person in the middle says “Zigzag”, the last person to name the thing that any person in the circle considers important goes to the middle.
  7. Demonstrate, then begin the game.


Group discussion:

Feel :

1. How do you like the game?

2. Did you find it easy to name something you consider important? Why?


Think:

1. Did you learn anything new about some of your friends? What was it?

2. Do you think our group is diverse? Why?

3. What are some benefits to everyone being different?


Act:

1. What can we do to get to know each other better?

2. What can we do so that everyone in our gropu feels accepted?


Human rights education for building welcoming and inclusive spaces.

This activity uses our 3-step participatory approach to promote learning about human rights and human rights values leading to action:

  1. Children and youth participate in activities that promote learning about human rights and human rights values (e.g. inclusion, respect for diversity, responsibility).
  2. Children and youth discuss how an activity made them feel, what it made them think about, and what they can change (act) in their own attitudes and behaviours and those of their peers.
  3. Together children and youth take action to promote respect for human rights values and children’s rights, and greater understanding, acceptance and inclusion in their classrooms, school playgrounds and communities.


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