This is an activity where groups design their own walls to explore their function in conflict situations and how they
What you need:
- Roll of wallpaper or big sheet of paper
- Decoration materials
Set up two working spaces with a big piece of wallpaper, markers, scissors, decoration material etc. The spaces
should be in two different rooms
What to do
- Split the group into two and ask them to go to the two separate working spaces. Explain to each group
separately that their task is to create a really good wall. Don’t tell them what the wall is for, but encourage
them to create a really good, strong wall that the other group cannot pass. They can use any materials
- After 20 minutes, the groups take it in turns to visit the other who will present their wall, standing behind it.
- Ask the visiting group:
• What do you think about the wall of the other group?
• How does it make you feel to stand in front of it?
• Do you think you could get to the other side of the wall?
• Why would you like to get to the other side?
• Why do you think you built the wall? Why do people build walls in general?
• What famous walls do you know or have you already heard about? You can show the group pictures of
famous walls, for example between Mexico and the US.
• Are there any problems in being protected in this way? What would change in your life if you had a wall
• We might feel safer while we are behind a wall. We might not get hurt and there might not be fighting. How
does it make the people on the outside feel?
• Rather than build walls to feel safe, what can we do to build peace?