Youth Discussion Activity: Human Rights

Posted by Tony Malone on

This is a simple but effective way to start a discussion on human rights. It plays into the sense of what it means to us as individuals and how we can hold this outwards to other people. It is a non-competitive game and the best outcome to end the game is to reject playing it after discussion. -An act of activism.

1) Print the image below with the cards, or create your own with the same or similar text. (Each text element is a direct reference to a right prescribed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

You can also purchase this as a card pack featuring my own artwork from this website here. (Coming soon)

2) Familiarise yourself with the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Or perhaps if possible to have a copy available for discussion.

Part 1:
As a group, or small groups of about 5, ask everyone to lay the cards out and then order them in a way which they feel is the most important to the least important. Discussing how when looking at their own Human Rights, what is the considerations they would like to have first and what they can do without entirely. There is no right or wrong on these answers. Give them about 10min.

Part 2:
In the same groups, now ask them to think of other people, come up with a fictitious scenario of a group of people. It is important to say it is fictitious as you should never make a game of someone else's life experience.  Ask them to assign human rights in order of importance in the same way for other people.  Allow 10min again for this and as always there is no right or wrong, and discussions may well overrun.  The best outcome is to accept that no one has the ability to decide on one human right over another as all are equally important to all. 

If any participants realise this early, you can encourage them to share their thinking as part of a dialogue.


This activity helps to work towards the follow UN Sustainable Development Goals directly: