23rd workshop: Debate and planning

1. Opening circle (10 min)

Big circle: How do you feel now, what happened to you during the last week? 

2. Moving celebrations (10 min) 

Participants volunteer to act out various celebrations (school day, birthday, national holiday, Chrismas, etc). The others try to guess which celebration it is.

3. Debate (25 min) 

The facilitator explains that the school would like the participants to help organize a celebration. They have to decide which celebration it should be.

Participants decide which their favourite celebration is and why, which one they would like to organize. They should list at least three reasons for their choices.

Participants form three groups (preferably based on their choices), they discuss their reasons and try to think of new ones.

Each group presents their reasons. They have a few minutes to think and come up with counter-arguments to what the others said. They all try to decide to persuade the others.

Eventually they try to decide which were the best reasons and agree on which celebration to organize.

4. Planning (15 min) 

First they try to think about all the necessary things for a celebration. If some of the participants don’t like the chose celebration, they should think about the reasons for their dislike and whether it can be organized in a way that would solve their problems with it.

Participants work in three groups, making notes of what things they should buy, who will do what and when, how much it will cost.

The groups share their notes, if they have very different ideas, they discuss them.

5. Let’s celebrate ourselves (5 min)

Participants imagine that they have organized the celebration successfully, all of them are tired and they want to celebrate themselves. The facilitator puts on some fresh music and they can dance their tiredness away.

6. Closing circle (5 min)

What are you taking away from this workshop? What was the best/ most difficult?