My Quarantine Lifeline

May 1, 2020

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

Here is the online version of My Lifeline, drawn from Speaking Rights.

This activity can be done individually, with your family or other members of your household, or it can be facilitated in a virtual meeting.

  • Age: 12+
  • Time: 30-45 min
  • Purpose: To share goals and aspirations for life beyond this difficult time, and identify commonalities between the group.
You can download the instructions of this activity as a PDF to share it more easily: My Quarantine Lifeline


  • Large piece of paper
  • Markers/pencils/crayons
  • Optional: Tape, glue, scissors, magazines
  • OR Computer on a word document or on Canva.

How to play:

  1. Ask participants to draw a horizontal line on a large piece of paper, letter sized paper (you could also use tape to stick pieces together if you want more space!) or on a computer application (word, canva, google doc, paint etc). Have them write “before” on the far left of the paper, “today” in the middle and “after” at the far right of the paper.
  2. Participants think about significant aspects of their life before, during and after quarantine on their lifeline. They can write, draw or glue pictures or headlines from magazines or use an online application to create the lifeline. Ask questions to help them think of defining moments before and during quarantine:
  • What were some of the most enjoyable or most challenging parts of your life before quarantine? During?
  • What were some of the most surprising parts?
  • When have you felt proud of yourself?
  • When have you struggled?
  1. In the “after” ask participants to think about what they want to do after the quarantine is lifted, what are their goals.
  2. Have participants who feel comfortable to share their end goals, or share some parts of their quarantine lifeline. They can describe it, share a photo or share their online version. It is important to only have participants share what they feel comfortable with because this exercise could bring up some difficult things they are facing.
  3. Ask participants to identify commonalities shared by different group members.

Group discussion:


  1. Did you find it easy or difficult to share your experiences with others?
  2. How does it feel to talk about your future?


  1. Which experiences seem the most significant and the most surprising to you?
  2. Which parts of this experience of quarantine is influencing who you are now?
  3. Can we have influenced the direction our lives take during this difficult time? How?


  1. How can we be supportive of each other’s experiences (the enjoyable and the challenging), during the remainder of quarantine?
  2. When we are able to return to our everyday lives, how can we support each other to reach our goals?
  3. How can we reinforce each person’s strengths?

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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