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Chess and Human Rights Education

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Using chess as a tool for Human Rights Education. Every chess piece out of six has a unique element and we highlight on this.For example, Pawns don't move back so the next question refers to the role of a refugee or the role of women as strongest in chess

Aims of the tool

Learning by playing in collaborative methods, meeting barriers/ stereotypes/ HRE.
During debriefing, usually participants highlight the importance of team work as they split in groups of six and for every question/ answer another person represents the team.
During six pairs of questions, the first ones is always a collaboration between all different groups.This is important for altogether team spirit.
Six pair of questions are referring to refugees (1st pair)/ empathy to people with fewer opportunities (2nd)/ all different all equal(3rd)/ breaking stereotypes (4th)/ role of woman in our societies (5th)/ Human Rights(6th pair of questions)

Description of the tool

First pair of questions
Α1
“How is called the chess piece that cannot move backwards?;”
1) Bishop 2) King 3) Knight 4) Pawn 5) Queen 6) Rook
If any of the teams answered correctly, then all teams can take double points, 20 instead of 10, for the next question. If no team answers correctly, then all teams play for 10 points.
Α2
“How is called the person who cannot go back to his/her country?”
i) Traveller ii) Migrant iii) Ex Prisoner IV) Refugee V) Homeless VI) Student

Second pair of questions
Β1
“How is called the only chess piece that can move over other pieces”
1) Bishop 2) King 3) Knight 4) Pawn 5) Queen 6) Rook
If any of the teams answered correctly, then all teams can take double points, 40 instead of 20, for the next question. If no team answers correctly, then all teams play for 20 points.
Β2
“Give 2 examples of people who overcome the obstacles and successfully face the difficulties in their life.”
i) Person with Disabilities ii) Farmers iii) Students IV) Members of disadvantaged social groups V) Athletes VI) Parents

Third pair of questions
C1
“What chess piece is equal to the knight, yet moves differently?”
1) Bishop 2) King 3) Knight 4) Pawn 5) Queen 6) Rook
If any of the teams answered correctly, then all teams can take double points, 60 instead of 30, for the next question. If no team answers correctly, then all teams play for 30 points.
C2
“Spot the differences I order to match the skeleton with a continent of origin”

i) Short people- Asians ii) No difference iii) Small head - Africans IV) Big head - Americans V) Big nose - Oceanic VI) Flexible - Europeans

Fourth pair of questions
D1
“What is the chess piece that can move to equal number of white and black Chess squares no matter its position?”
1) Bishop 2) King 3) Knight 4) Pawn 5) Queen 6) Rook
If any of the teams answered correctly, then all teams can take double points, 80 instead of 40, for the next question. If no team answers correctly, then all teams play for 40 points.
D2
“Now, match the country of origin with specific characteristics: I)Greece, II) Germany: 1)Hard working, 2)Lazy 3)both”

Fifth pair of questions
Ε1
“What is the most powerful chess piece?”
1) Bishop 2) King 3) Knight 4) Pawn 5) Queen 6) Rook
If any of the teams answered correctly, then all teams can take double points, 100 instead of 50, for the next question. If no team answers correctly, then all teams play for 50 points.
Ε2
“Give an example of a paradigm woman who is not alive anymore.”
i) Amy Winehouse ii) Princess Diana iii) Eleanor Roosevelt IV) Marie Currie V) Elena Paparizou VI) Maria Kallas

Sixth pair of questions
F1
“What is the only chess piece that cannot be captured”
1) Bishop 2) King 3) Knight 4) Pawn 5) Queen 6) Rook
If any of the teams answered correctly, then all teams can take double points, 120 instead of 60, for the next question. If no team answers correctly, then all teams play for 60 points.
F2
“Give an example of a human right that is inalienable of all human beings.”
i) To Vacation ii) To a Nationality iii) To life IV) Freedom of Movement V) To education VI) To Work

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Tool overview

Chess and Human Rights Education

http://toolbox.salto-youth.net/1693

This tool is for

Children aged 9-12 years old and youngsters 13-15 years old.

and addresses

Social Inclusion, Anti-Racism

It is recommended for use in:

Youth Exchanges
Transnational Youth Initiatives

Materials needed:

Cards and preferably tablets for the web app at http://www.youthorama.gr/QUIZ-EN/index.html

Duration:

90minutes. The first 10 minutes are introductory, after each pair of questions we work in a circle as well as last 20 minutes of debriefing. This part is essential to reflect why we chose to learn by playing, the importance of respect about Human Rights in our daily life, empathy to others who face challenges, break the barriers and stereotypes that we all have.

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Elias Mastoras -Youthorama

in the context of

Pilot Project Activity funded by European Youth Foundation - Council of Europe

The tool has been experimented in

Schools and NGOs

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Elias Mastoras (on 8 October 2015)

and last modified

19 September 2015

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