The Chains of the World



The workshop aims to increase the knowledge of:

- the inequalities that occur between countries

-the reasons that cause the migrations


Expected Outcomes

At the end of the workshops, participants will be able to:

- put themselves in another's place to understand the situations in which other people live;

- recognize the differences in opportunities that each person has depending on where they are born;

- empathize with immigrants.


Target group

Children, Youth, Adults

Number of participants: 12 - 24 people



(1 - very easy, 5 - very difficult)

The degree of expertise needed - 3

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

The relative overall cost predicted - 2



1 hour


The room for work in three groups, with 3 tablles and chairs (one per person).

It is possible to do this workshop outdoors and in that case participants can sit on the floor.



18 sheets of paper, 8 pencils of different colours, 2 scissors, 2 cellophanes, 1 ruler, 2 pencils, 1 pen, paper tape, markers


The facilitator should read more about the distribution of wealth in the world (Annex 1). Searching the answers for this question can be helpful:

-In which countries are there natural resources?

-Which countries are the ones that extract the natural resources?

-Where are these resources transformed into final products?




Facilitator begins introducing his/herself and immediately requiring each participant to introduce him/herself by saying only his/her name.  Trainer gives to the participants a paper tape and marker to write their names on it and stick it in a visible place of their bodies.

Then, the facilitators will explain in broad terms the objective of the session and will mention the activities according to the structured order.  Also they will mention the exact time stipulated for the session. (10 min)



1. The facilitator explains that the activity will be done in 3 groups and asks participants to create this three groups, which will work in three different spaces. Next the facilitator asks participants to create a paper chain. It must be as beautiful as possible and be made the best possible. In addition, it must have a requirement, the shackle should have a width of 4 cm.

The facilitator can show, how the chain should look like and how to make it. (5 min)


2. The facilitator delivers the materials to the participants as follow:

Group 1:  3 sheets of paper, 5 different coloured pencils, 1 pen, 1 scissors, 1 cellophanes, 1 ruler, 1 pencil

Group 2: 5 sheets of paper, 3 different coloured pencils, , 1 scissors, 1 cellophanes, 1 pencil

Group 3: 10 sheets of paper, 1 coloured pencil


During division of the materials teh facilitator says aloud which materials belong to each group, what make the differences obvious for  the participants. (5 min)

Order of distribution, differences between groups and distribution of the material in Annex 2.


 3. The facilitator asks participants to start their work. He/she should attend in the group work by answering questions and resolving doubts. He/she can also help the group number 3 (which is the group that received least materials) by providing ideas, collecting things that another groups throw to the ground (ex: wrinkled cellophane they have discarded).

The facilitator should avoid annoyances, dislikes or arguments and remember that it is only a game and that these differences show the real situation in different countries.

In the end of the task the facilitator can countdown aloud (from 10 to 0), so that all stop at once and see the result of their work. (15 min)


4. Once the chains are finished, each group is asked  to show it at the forum. The facilitator describes each chain, highlights the colours, used materials and also measures them see if the chains meet the standard of 4 cm wide. (10 min)




After the presentation of the results of the group work facilitator invites all participants to the joint circle for debriefing to understand the aim of the workshop  (Annex 3).

Start with the question about their feelings:

-How do you feel?

- Do you think that the distribution of materials was fair?

The facilitator indicates now that this is how the world works. There are countries which have more potential than others by how it is distributed wealth, access to raw materials and technology to transform them.

Also ask if someone wanted to change group. Explain that migration also occur because people want to choose to live in the place they like or which offer more opportunities.

Ask the participants, if they cooperated with other groups. Why not?

As a final question ask, why did they make 3 chains, if you asked about one.

Explain, that as during the workshop groups were working separately, as in the world countries are looking through one's own but, if we gather all the materials and workers, we would have obtained a better results. (20 min)


Support tools





Ideas for action

There are several issues that debriefing can be focused:

Unequal distribution of the world:

-How do you feel?

-Do you think that the distribution of materials was fair?

-Did the group protest against distribution of materials?

-Did someone think about the feeling of the group number 3?

-Did the group number 3 catch things that other groups discarded?


-Did someone want to change the group?

-Did someone want to help the group number 3?

-Access to the world market:

-Which chain would you buy?

-What do you think about the quality of the chain made by group number 2? How would be the result of quality control required in the Group 1 countries?

-What is the value of the craftsmanship without technology?

-Can low-quality products compete in the market?



Annex 1: The distribution of wealth in the world

Annex 2: The chain


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