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Hands Up

Limit 20

This long-format activity is the culmination of our non-formal training process, where participants can learn a range of competencies by learning about each other, themselves, and human nature. Careful preparation by facilitators is important. At the end of the activity, time should be allowed to release the tension, discuss the experiences, and restore the emotional safeness of the participants.

Details of activity


Understanding the nature of discrimination with participants, through their own experiences, in a guided way. Understanding inadequaty of life chances, power, discrimination and exlusion. Aim is to reveal the participants’ tolerance and solidarity and to reflect about exclusion and competition


We form teams of 4-5 people from the participants: we have to form a minimum of 3 teams. These teams compete for points for 10 rounds. In the 10 rounds, they have to solve simple tasks together (eg choosing a team name, drawing a logo, creating a team motto, dancing together, blowing balloons with a blindfold, etc.). After each task, a pre-established jury of at least 3 members (of which at least one must be a practice leader) evaluates and scores the work of the teams. The jury receives secret instructions from the other practice leader before the start of the exercise: randomly selecting one team in each case and scoring another in each case, for some plausible reason (e.g., there was not enough coherence). The essence of the practice is how participants react to hidden discrimination - both positive and negative - in a gameplay that is consciously manipulated in this way.

How they react individually and as a team; are they changing their strategy? At the end of the gameplay, there must be time to reveal the secret and release the tension. Participants ’negative experiences should be resolved and the impact of their experiences should be discussed; who brings what out of practice and how their views on discrimination have changed.

Eligible competencies, skills, attitudes

Cooperation | Active presence | Attention | Changing strategy | Spontaneous reaction | Enhancement | Active involvement | Teamwork and group dynamics | Striving to overcome stereotypes and prejudices | A positive attitude to change and invention | Rejection of Stereotypes

Related or background activity

Long-format, high-difficulty nonformal activity can be played at the apex of a structured process; it is recommended that the activity be preceded by short and other long nonformal activities and by strengthening the relationship and group awareness between the participants.

Not recommended at the beginning of the training process.

Form of work

Full group, divided in 3 groups. Min. 15 persons

Time of activity

Age group

About 150-180 minutes

Over 14 years

Tool, material


flipchart, cards, balloons, face paint, papers, pencils, bell, timer


Deaf Culture / awareness / discussion

If we are doing the activity with Deaf participants or in an integrated, deaf-hearing mixed group, it is important that communication is barrier-free. Strive to form mixed-hearing groups and clear communication within groups. When working with a mixed, deaf-hearing group, care should be taken to ensure that an adequate number of interpreters are present.


It is a recommended activity for a camp or multi-day training process, where it is important for leaders to know the competencies and workload of the participants.

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