Role-playing as candidates

Use role-playing as a way to let the students express what they have experienced through stories. Before the exercise therefore, the students need to have read about the Child Rights Heroes and the children they are fighting for.

1. Divide the class up into groups of four. They can choose between the scenarios or come up with their own.

2. Once the students have chosen a scenario, they will work on preparations, such as writing lines, questions or “crib sheets”. They can use the Window with views method, where all four first write their own suggestions and then compare and compile.

3. Give the students time to practise. Do they want to have props or perhaps dress up? Provide support, put forward suggestions and give encouragement if a group gets stuck.

4. Let the groups act out their scenarios for the class, or perhaps for an audience of invited parents.

The exercise gives the opportunity to practise expressing themselves and communicating in speech and writing, reading and analysing texts for a variety of purposes and adapting language to suit differing audiences and contexts. They can also practise arguing their case in different dialogue situations and decision processes.

Scenario 1: Press conference/interview
Two students play journalists, one is a Child Rights Hero and one is one of the children they have supported. During a simulated press conference or interview, the journalists pose questions to the Child Rights Hero and child. The students can agree on the questions and answers and what the Child Rights Hero and child will answer, or they can work in individual pairs and have the questions and answers be a surprise.

Scenario 2: A child’s story
The group focuses on one of the children who has received support from one of the Child Rights Heroes and formulates a situation in their life, where they play a variety of roles. In addition to the child, perhaps a parent, a teacher or a Child Rights Hero. Using the child’s story as the starting point, they can write a scene or simply improvise based on the situation they have chosen. Naturally, a similar exercise can be done based on a jury child or a WCP Child Rights Ambassador.


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