Life Skills: Decision-making, Problem-solving, Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Communication, Interpersonal Relationships, Self-awareness, Empathy, Coping with Stress & Emotion
This is a powerful activity which develops all life skills. We have provided in italics guidelines on what the educator should say to help ensure that the learning points are clear. In order for this activity to be effective, children should be able to imagine a flood, a boat and an island. (It may not be such a good image in places where there is little experience of boats, a river, a lake or the sea or in areas near the sea where recent traumatic events have happened like the tsunami.) You may need to do a preparatory exercise to help with this by using pictures from magazines. You may also want to make time to do Activity 36 afterwards or in the next session.
Arrange the training area so that everyone can sit around the cloth or drawing representing the flood on the ground in the middle of the area. If this is not practical, hang the cloth or paper up on a wall or tree.
Think carefully about how long this activity will take with your group. You may want to divide the activity into two or three sessions.
This activity is adapted from a series of activities developed by Bernard Joinet and Peter Labouchere.
This is a story about a serious flood and how people in one community dealt with it. I will start the story, and then we will all develop it.
The waters of this flood have been rising for several years, flooding houses, villages, towns and whole countries. And the flood is still rising. (Lay the sheet on the ground). This is the flood, and in this flood, there may be some hidden dangers (put the crocodile or other monster on the sheet). This is a dangerous flood. It is the flood of HIV and AIDS.
At the beginning, people do not notice the flood coming. When they notice it, they do not know what caused it. Some people climb onto the roof of their house, or move to higher ground to escape the flood. But the flood waters keep rising.
- How can you escape from a flood…? (Answer: On a boat.)
There are three different boats available for people to escape the flood called
- Faithfulness; and
Each person in the community can choose which boat they want to get on, depending on their culture, religion, character and way of life. Different people climb onto each of the three boats. The boats stay close together so that it is possible to change safely to another boat.
Some people are swimming in the flood water. Some did not notice the flood coming until it was too late. Others saw the flood waters coming, but found it very hard to leave their way of life and change their life, so the flood caught them. Some are trying hard to climb back onto the boats.
You can have a break here.
You can have another break here.
(Show a cardboard character who looks like a businessman.) This businessman has a faithful relationship with his wife and goes away on a business trip. He gets on the Abstinence boat. After a week away, he meets a pretty woman. If he decides to have sex with her, he must get on the Condom boat, otherwise he will take a dive into the water.
If you cannot face staying on the boat you are on, change boats. Just stay out of the water.
Using these characters, the discussion can develop in many directions, covering a range of different issues related to HIV and AIDS.