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3, 2, 1 metaphor for solidarity

Date: 2021 25th October

Global-local approach
Fight against exclusion


  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 8-10
  • 10-12
  • 12-14
  • 14-16
  • 16-18
  • +18

Objectives :

  • Reflect on the concept of solidarity.
  • Work on the relationship between empathy and solidarity.
  • Make suggestions on the change of environment.
  • Be aware of our responsibility with the needed change.


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The proposal aims to collect three key things for the solidarity campaign in a single activity (Feel, imagine and change).
  1. First, the chosen picture is shown to the students (it could be one of the suggestions in annex 1 or any other we decide to use which involves solidarity). We work with the chosen picture or resource in a large group.
OPTIONAL: If we want to, we can work on the picture with the thinking routine “I See-Think-Ask Myself” Annex 2 (you have an explanation regarding what the routine consists of in There you may also find other models.
  1. Once you have worked on the picture, we may proceed to the thinking routine 3, 2, 1, metaphor (Annex 3), although we propose skipping the metaphor part with the youngest children (up to nine years old). For this, we may work on the routine with one of these options:
    1. OPTION 1: We will draw the image from annex 3 on a big sheet of cardboard and we complete it in a large group to be exhibited.
    2. OPTION 2: We may complete the activities in a DIN A3 or similar in cooperative groups.
    3. OPTION 3: We may complete the activity individually.
In order to complete the activity, we will think and represent, according to the chosen option.
    1. 3 feelings the picture generates in us.
    2. 2 words or sentences which express what would happen if we all showed solidarity.
    3. 1 action we may promote to show more solidarity individually or at home, but always including the student. In this way, we may avoid the need to resort to generalities and think about actions in which the main characters are themselves.
  1.  Lastly, we invite the students to put into practice the action they have proposed.
  2.  The result of the activity is exposed in the classroom, hallway, social media, etc. so that it also generates an individual reflection for helping others.

This activity is proposed in the framework of the Solidarity Campaign 2021-2022: