Pioneers

Cocoa farmer

Aim: To understand why consumers should pay a fair price for cocoa.
You will need: Props (optional).
Duration: 30 minutes

As a group you will role play two scenarios. One is set in Ghana, the other in the UK. Each group will be performing their scenes at the same time.

Poetry against prejudice

Write a short anti-prejudice poem. You could write in the style of a Haiku, a form of traditional Japanese poetry. It is a 17-syllable verse form consisting of just three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables (or beats). Haiku doesn't rhyme.

Examples:

Prejudice is when
people speak without thinking
and fail to listen.

I think words can hurt
More than hitting or kicking -
Cutting me inside

When you have written a poem you can share it with other young people through this website.

Colour portraits

Aim: To recognise that we all have different coloured skin, and this is one thing that makes us special.
You will need: Paper, paints, paint pots and paintbrushes.
Duration: 45 minutes

Paint a self-portrait. Mix the correct paint colours to match your skin tone and hair colour as closely as you can. Everyone will mix their own special colour because we all have slightly different coloured skin and hair.

Mini mossie net

Aim: To understand how people can be protected from Malaria.
You will need: Empty match boxes, thin wire, scraps of fabric, circular pieces of net, paper clips, string.
Duration: 40 minutes

Make a miniature bed with a mosquito net. Explain that by sleeping under nets, people can protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes while they are sleeping. Mosquitoes carry Malaria, which can be a deadly disease.

Water orchestra

Aim : To have fun making music with water
You will need : water, different sized containers
Duration : 30 minutes

We use water in all sorts of ways, and often do not notice the water around us. Water makes many different sounds depending what you do with it.

Fill different containers with varying amounts of water, and blow over the tops to make sounds. Find other ways to make music with water:

Chains of debt

Aim: To understand how it feels for countries to be in debt.
You will need: Paper and pens (or blackboard and chalk), strips of coloured paper, stapler/glue.
Duration: 20 minutes

Debt drama

Aim: To think about debt at different levels.
You will need: Props (optional), a group of people.
Duration: 30 minutes

Divide into groups, and each choose a different sketch to act out. In each situation there is someone owing money, and someone who wants to collect the money. The borrowers are all having difficulties in repaying the money. You can add in other characters to the scenes.

World without war

Aim: To think about life would be different for everyone without war.
You will need: A group of people, props (optional).
Duration: 20 minutes

Imagine how things would be different if there weren't any wars. Each person in the group should take on the role of a different character. They should act out what they think their character would be doing if there weren't any wars going on. They can also interact with other people they come across in the room and find out how their lives are different too.

Some suggested characters:

Woodcraft Heritage - Document Detectives

Join MY5's top-team of crack document detectives in this exciting on-line investigation into the Woodcraft Folk's peace education work over the years since 1925.

The needless waste of human life during the FIRST WORLD WAR was one of the things which caused a young man named Leslie Paul to start the Woodcraft Folk. He had been a Scout but had become worried by the way that organization was spending more time marching and less time on WOODCRAFT. He saw another generation of boys been prepared as cannon fodder for the next war.

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