Kickstarter Workshop 1

Section 3


Note for Facilitator

Keep aim and required connection in mind as you progress through the section.

Aim: To connect the creative symbolism above to the symbols of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and to interpret them.

Required Connection: Participants will be able to identify, express and connect to the symbolism of the UDHR.


udhr understanding
and expression

Facilitator references the symbols of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the wall. They have been pre-set in 2 separate areas for 1-15 and 16-30 articles.

Ask the group to look at them.



(Reference WHO booklet pg 1-5 in Appendix)


  • What are the UDHR? Discuss.
  • When and where were they created?
  • Who owns them?

Read the UDHR forward given by the Secretary General BAN Ki-moon:

'The Universal Declaration of Human Rights remains as relevant today as it was on the day in 1948 that it was proclaimed and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. The extraordinary vision and resolve of the drafters produced a document that, for the first time, articulated the rights and freedoms to which every human being is equally and inalienably entitled. Now available in more than 360 languages, the Declaration is the most translated document in the world — a testament to its global nature and reach. It has become a yardstick
by which we measure right and wrong. It provides a foundation for a just and decent future for all, and has given people everywhere a powerful tool in the fight against oppression, impunity and affronts
to human dignity. The commitment of the United Nations to human rights stems from the Organization’s founding Charter. The international community has a duty to uphold and defend these rights. Let us ensure that those people who most need their rights protected are made aware that this Declaration exists — and that it
exists for them. Let us each do our part to make these universal rights a living reality for every man, woman and child, everywhere.' (page iii and iv of Universal Declaration of Human Rights booklet)

Divide the participants into 2 groups, one taking the 1-15 area and the other taking the 16-30 area.

Instruct the group to now place the 1-15 and 16-30 Universal Declaration of Human Rights Labels on the ground randomly in their designated area.

Ask the group to match the labels to the UDHR symbols.

Note: For time purposes, you many choose to have some already labelled so there are less for the participants to label.

Ask the 2 groups to swap areas and see if they want to make any changes to the other group’s choices.




Are they correct? Why is it difficult to match them? Is it easy to interpret them? Are they interconnected? Interwoven? Complimentary? Ambiguous? Symbiotic?

Instruct the group to now place the corresponding article interpretations down with their symbols and labels.

Ask participants: Which ones are you drawn to? know about? etc.
Ask participants to pick one and hold it.
Ask each participant to share their thoughts/interpretations on the symbol they picked.

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