Sugandha Vats was one of the young leaders that participated in our 2022 Human Rights Education (HRE) through Sport programme. She is also the “mastermind” behind the 1,2 droit board game idea.
The ENGSO Youth’s HRE through Sport programme, funded by the Council of Europe through the European Youth Foundation, supported and empowered young leaders and sport organisations to develop competences and knowledge to act as a multiplier for Human Rights and Human Rights Education through Sports.
The idea behind the 1,2 droit board game is to use the non-formal education and a fun, interactive and sporty way to raise awareness and improve the knowledge of young people on human rights while also supporting the participation in the health-enhancing physical activity and socialisation.
The game connects four people through a series of challenges, questions and fun exercises. It can be played as a hopscotch or as a board game, and can be scaled and adjusted to fit the needs of the youth with physical disabilities or visual impairments. The questions and challenges range from easy to advanced level, which makes it inclusive for youngsters with all kinds of backgrounds and knowledge levels: from rookies to human rights experts.
The 1, 2 droit game is one of the educational and playful activities introduced in our newly released Human Rights through Sport manual.
The manual aims to highlight and educate young people to access their human rights through sport, and is the final outcome of the 2022 HRE through Sport programme which was funded by the Council of Europe through the European Youth Foundation. The main idea of the programme, which kicked off in Budapest (Hungary) in February, continued in Portimão (Portugal) in June, and concluded in Arnhem (Netherlands) in October, was to support youth and sport organisations as well as sport and youth workers in developing competences to act as multipliers for human rights and human rights education through sports.
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“The main idea of the board game was that it can be more inclusive and adaptable to participants. Some people might even be scared with the prospect of playing a sport or intimidated by taking part and actively learning. Perhaps with this board game, it can be fun, interactive and informational for participants to understand that human rights is not an abstract issue but present in all aspects of our lives.
During the summer at the second sports camp in Faro, my group and I had a chance to experiment and implement the game of 1,2, Droit. We played it to find out how to make it more inclusive and accessible. We were able to identify many possible challenges and had played a few different versions, in teams, with different challenges and questions. It soon became clear that hopscotch or Stapu as I had known it, is a very fun game that requires very little resources. We realized that incorporating human rights expands the aspect of learning from games and sports. participants learn to balance, hop, and compete but also answer questions and indulge in fun dares.
The idea to turn this game into a board game emerged during the final camp when we were explaining the concept of this game to others with a 2D model. this is when the board game started to develop. it was fun to move around the table. It can be more accessible and can be adapted in many different ways. As a student of education, i recognize the importance of play in learning. As a start we can have participants play the board game and if they feel motivated, they can even try the physical game. This is a more inclusive option that allows the students to get creative and involved and learn about human rights”.
Here’s how you can start: read our new manual “Human Rights through Sport”.
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About the Back to Basics – Human Rights education programme:
The main idea of the programme was to support youth and sport organizations as well as sport and youth workers in developing competences to act as a multiplier for human rights and human rights education through sports in their realities.
More than 100 young leaders working within and/or with the youth & sport sector from more than 30 countries were introduced to a theoretical context around Sports’ contribution to promote, ensure and advocate for Human Rights. With the inspiration of discussions, exchange and their own expertise, participants of the Human Rights Education workshop series, led by ENGSO Youth, created a manual that includes meaningful non-formal education physical activities and exercises with the common goal: to highlight and educate on the power of sport as a tool to promote Human Rights.