You will need
- A4 card
- Big pieces of card
- Craft materials (for example, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, stickers)
- Coloured pens or pencils
- PVA glue
- Rohingya justice campaign FAQ
- Outline person
- Marium's story
Before you begin
- Read through the ‘Rohingya FAQ’ sheet so you’re ready to explain the Rohingya crisis to everyone. How you explain it, and the level of detail you include, will probably depend on your group.
- If you’ve got any questions about the Rohingya crisis or Save the Children’s campaign, email firstname.lastname@example.org – they’re happy to help.
Play river crossing
- The person leading the activity should use tape, chalk, or rope to make two lines on the floor to make a river.
- Everyone should get into groups of between six and eight people.
- The person leading the activity should give each group some cardboard – there should be fewer pieces of cardboard than people in the group.
- Everyone should try to cross from one side of the river to the other using the cardboard. They should balance, squeeze onto a few pieces, and pass pieces to the front.
- If anyone touches the river (any part of the floor between the two tapes), they’re lost and they should go and wait at the start.
- The team that gets everyone across in the fastest time wins.
- Everyone should gather together and chat about how well their team worked together. Was crossing the river challenging? Would they do anything differently next time?
- The person leading the activity should explain that while this was a fun game, some young people have to cross rivers to escape violence and persecution.
Introduce the Rohingya crisis
The person leading the activity should explain the Rohingya crisis. They should use the ‘Rohingya FAQ’ sheet to find out more and answer any questions.
- The Rohingya people are a stateless ethnic group (who are mostly Muslim) who have lived in Myanmar for centuries.
- Myanmar’s in South East Asia – it’s one of the world’s poorest countries. It was ruled by an oppressive military for almost 50 years; although it now has a democratically elected government, the military are still very influential.
- The Rohingya people are often called ‘the most persecuted minority in the world’. They’re not recognised as citizens of Myanmar, have no formal right to services like education and healthcare, and their movement is restricted.
- The Rohingya people have experienced persecution and violence for decades.
- Violence against the Rohingya people increased from August 2017. The Myanmar military used attacks by small groups of Rohingya people to justify attacks against all of the Rohingya population, including children.
- In September 2017, 6,700 Rohingya people were killed by the military. Entire villages were destroyed and burned.
- 700,000 Rohingya people had to leave their homes to escape the violence. Two thirds of those people are children.
- The nearest safe place for them to go was Bangladesh – another of the poorest countries in the world. Bangladesh struggled to cope with so many refugees arriving at once.
Chat about the Rohingya crisis
- The person leading the activity should use the ‘Marium’s story’ sheet to tell everyone about one person’s experience of the crisis.
- Everyone should think about what the biggest problems facing the Rohingya people are.
- Everyone should think about whose responsibility it is to help the Rohingya people. They should think beyond the practical support they need, and think about whose responsibility it is to protect their rights and hold people to their legal responsibilities.
Explain the UK’s role
- The person leading the activity should explain that the UK government is powerful and influential within the United Nations (an organisation that tries to maintain international peace and develop friendly relations and cooperation between nations). The UK government can bring global attention to situations where groups are committing war crimes against children.
- The person leading the activity should explain that the UN could refer the Myanmar military to the International Criminal Court and get justice for the Rohingya people – but so far, they haven’t – so the military isn’t being punished.
- The person leading the activity should ask everyone if they think that the UK government should use its power and influence to help get justice for the Rohingya people. Does anyone have any ideas of what they could do to influence the children?
- The person leading the activity should explain that people can tell Dominic Raab (the Foreign Secretary) that they care what happens to Rohingya children and their families – and that they want the UK to stand up for them.
Stand up for Rohingya children
- The person leading the activity should explain that Save the Children have organised a campaign that aims to get the UK government to stand up for Rohingya children.
- The person leading the activity should explain that the campaign involves young people in the UK sharing their hopes and goals for the future with Dominic Raab, to show him that all children should have the same rights – no matter where they live.
- Everyone should think about their hopes and dreams. They should think about how they’re different from the Rohingya children’s.
- Everyone should create a solidarity figure, filled with their hopes and dreams for their futures. They should get creative – they could write a poem inside the outline, draw, or write a campaign slogan.
- Everyone should think about whether there’s anything else they could do to show their solidarity with the Rohingya children. For example, they could draw around someone and fill in the outline together with writing, drawing, and collage. They could also create a paper doll chain with one person for each member of the group, to show their connection with each other and the Rohingya children.
- Everyone should send their finished artwork to Save the Children with the name and address of their group and some contact details (so Save the Children can let them know once they’ve handed the work to the government).
- Save the Children will gather all the artwork together and deliver it to the Foreign Secretary.
This activity helps contribute towards some of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more about the SDGs, and how Scouts across the world are getting involved, here.
This activity reminded everyone that they’re a citizen. As citizens, they’re able to influence the people in power. Refugees and displaced people aren’t always able to stand up and share their stories. Why is it so important that people use their voices to show solidarity for Rohingya children? Do people have a responsibility to campaign for justice and peace, even when it doesn’t directly affect them?
This activity was also about valuing other people. Children have the right to have hopes and dreams. In the UK, the government has a position of power to make sure they’re able to have hopes and dreams. Who’s responsible for making sure children feel safe if they have to leave their home because of conflict? Does everyone have a responsibility to help children feel safe? What else will everyone do to help the Rohingya children be able to have and accomplish their hopes and dreams?
Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people
- Glue and solvents
Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using glue and solvent products. Make sure there’s plenty of ventilation. Be aware of any medical conditions which could be affected by glue or solvent use and make adjustments as needed.
- Rubbish and recycling
All items should be clean and suitable for this activity.