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To enable participants to explore their own cultural perceptions , their "centrism", and to become more aware of their own prejudice.

Description of the tool

This activity involves using extracts from a book written by an African (Oladuah Equiano) in the eighteenth century, which describe his first experience of European culture.
Each of the extracts is read and given to participants, one extract at a time, and participants are invited to create a mental profile of the author as they imagine him/her.
When all the texts have been read, participants share their profiles and, with a series of appropriate questions, explore their cultural "centrism" and prejudice.

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Tool overview

This tool is for

Any number of people so long as the debriefing is undertaken in manageable sized groups. Ideally, a group of between 8 and 25.

and addresses

Social Inclusion, Anti-Racism, Intercultural Learning, Personal Development

Materials needed:

The text extracts - these can be presented as photocopies, cards, OHP transparencies, powerpoint - whatever you find most appropriate.
Participants need pen and paper.


30 minutes

Behind the tool

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The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Gerald Dowden (on 18 January 2006)

and last modified

17 December 2008

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