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Trafficking nature

This activity can be done together/after the Activities “What is Stereotype & Prejudice?” and “First Impressions”.


Group 2 – non subject-specific activities


students from 14 to 18


  • To understand what Trafficking is and define its types
  • To be able to differentiate “Trafficking” from other similar phenomena
  • To raise awareness about Trafficking and the importance of its prevention


1 period



  • blackboard / flipchart
  • hand outs
  • PCs

This activity is recommended to be done in the school library/computer room.


Warming up (5 min.)

  • Present 2 statements on a board and suggest the students to express their own ideas (agree – disagree):
    • People should immigrate for better living conditions and welfare.
    • Trafficking has no connection with the Human rights issue.
  • Discuss statements with students.

Phase 1 (20 min.)

  • Present a short lecture (or ask the students to make an internet search in the library or resource centres of high schools) on Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Trafficking process and types.
  • Ask students to make a brief research on the internet in order to find the relevant websites (mentioned in the resources of this activity) to identify strategies for combating with trafficking and prevention of discrimination.
  • After this, distribute the handouts – “Mary’s Story” (Appendix 1) – and ask the students:
    • to have the list of events in chronological order,
    • to underline the sentences containing abuse of the Human rights,
    • to determine the type of the trafficking.

Phase 2 (15 min.)

  • Ask students to make groups of 4 – 5 people and distribute them the Hand out “Situations 1; 2” (Appendix 2). The students have to read 2 short descriptive-situations and answer the following set of questions.
  • After this, ask the groups to think of a time when they or someone they care about was treated unfairly or unequally because they were members of some specific group. Students should encourage others to share their stories.
  • One representative from each group will present one similar story (chosen by the group) to the whole class audience.

Debriefing/reflecting (5-10 min.)

Write the following discussion questions on a board / flipchart:

  • Have you, or someone you care about, ever been discriminated against? If so, what happened?
  • Did anyone help? If so, how?
  • If not, what would you have wanted someone to do?
  • Is it easy or difficult to speak up when your friends are discriminating against someone and you are present? Why?
  • What would support you in standing up against discrimination?


Make sure you are punctual in order to have time for all the activities planned.

Following web pages might help you prepare for your activity:


“Freedom of Thought & Expression”, The Pestalozzi Programme, Council of Europe Training Programme for education professionals


Trafficking nature, appendix 1

Trafficking nature, appendix 2

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