City of tolerance



• To raise cultural awareness and sensitivity, mutual understanding between migrants and host society members

• To define tolerance among participants and foster tolerant attitudes towards migrants and other minority groups through reflective,      transformational learning


Expected Outcomes

This workshop creates an environment for mutual collaboration among the participants (migrants and host society members). They learn how to communicate with each other in order to achieve a common goal, how to collaborate for the good of society they live in


Target group

Adults, Youth (over 14 years old)

Nationals, Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum seekers

Number of participants: 20 people



(1 - very easy, 5 - very difficult)

The degree of expertise needed - 2

The amount of work to prepare and implement the scenario - 2

The relative overall cost predicted - 2



2 h 10 min


Room with removed tables and chairs. Chairs should be put next to wall, in the middle of the room free space should be left.


Materials: a roll of white paper (10-15 meters), colourful paper, magazines, newspapers, colourful pencils, markers, soft pastilles, glue, scissors, gouache, brushes of different sizes, cup for water



The facilitator has to prepare required tools for the workshop. He/she should be familiar with tolerance and non – tolerance ideas in the world.



To live in one society,  to understand each other and tolerate each other is a crucial for our society nowadays.  This workshop is focused on promoting tolerance among different cultures, religions, migrants.



Stage one: Warming up (10 min)

Everyone in the group is it and they must try and tag each other, if they get caught they must stand still with both hands in the air, the only way to free them is for another person to give them a high 10 and then the game continues.


Stage two: Creating city of intolerance (60 min)

Participants on the roll paper are asked to draw or glue and decorate various buildings of the city, which represents intolerant situations in society.

They have to manage all together to draw buildings and combine them in one city (divides themselves in groups, pairs, the most important that participants will work with participants from different cultures, ages, gender).

In addition, participants can add the text if it is needed.


Stage three: Reflection (30 min)

The facilitator manages reflection session. Supportive questions presented below:

- What buildings did you create? What are meanings of them?

- What type of intolerance do they represent?

- What is your personal experience of intolerance?


Stage four: Transformation stage (30 min)

Participants have to transform their city by adding or removing buildings/writings from intolerance city into tolerant city. On the new created/added/removed buildings participants have to write thoughts encouraging tolerance among different cultures.



After the activity participants should gather in a circle for self-reflection and discussion (30 min). The facilitator can start with the questions:

- How does your tolerant city look like?

- What symbols represent tolerant city?

- What is it important living in tolerant city?

- How can I personally contribute in creation of a tolerant  city?

- What have you learnt, if anything, from this workshop?


Support tools

Warming up game:


Ideas for action

This workshop could be implemented during the class Ethics, Sociology (both, at school or University). It is a good way to encourage people to discuss and reflect of tolerance and intolerance and how it could be achieved (tolerance) among societies

It can also be implemented in various NGO working with migration issues and multicultural communication, by social workers and other specialists.





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