Switch !

Name of the activity: Switch !

Country/NMO: Algeria (Le Souk)

Program: Ethics & Human Rights in Health

Contact information: [email protected]

Type of the activity: Campaign. Combination of education and advocacy. Campaigns create awareness in society about a certain topic (education aspect) and try to funnel this awareness into pressure on the decision makers to adapt policies accordingly (advocacy aspect).

General description:

Switch is an activity orginased by Scorp Contantine (AEMJM) – Algeria on the occasion of World Human Rights Day December 10, 2018 at the University of Constantine.

The 1st part about the disabled people:

An explanation of the different types of disability.

A simulation of certain types of disability to put the participants in the shoes of those who suffer from a disorder.

The 2nd part :

A simulation about the refugees in order to rise awareness about this case.

The 3rd part:

the projection of the film ” Wonder ” about a young boy born with a rare medical facial deformity, after prejudice and discrimination.

The meaning of the title ”switch”: Sometimes if you switch something with someone, they take yours and you take theirs, as an exchange. this switch thing is about making participants live people’s other lives.

this is how the members of the commitee of human rights and peace- constantine, Algeria celebrated the 70th anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights

Focus area:

Dignified and non-discriminatory healthcare

Problem statement:

In Algeria disabled people are a very neglected, marginalized and discriminated by the rest of society. They are considered a burden and not recognized for there human worth.

Also, in view of the explosive numbers reached in recent years as a result of wars and violence, today there are no countries left without refugees.

which is a very sensitive topic in Algeria that nobody dares to talk about.

These 2 categories are victims of discrimination because of the lack of education and awarness.

Target groups:

General population, Other Students, Migrants, Refugees, People with disabilities


Medical students, Other Students, Migrants, Refugees, People with disabilities

Objectives and indicators of success:

The number of participants: 60

This activity aims to:

Talk about disabled persons to :

1-Explain the mechanism of the different types of disabilities, whether physical, sensory, cognitive, mental, to different catégory of students at the university.

2-Rise awarness about the difficulty faced by people with disabilities every day.

3- Put healthy people in the shoes of people with disabilities so that they can generate feelings of discomfort and helplessness that the disabled person experience every second of his life.

Talk about refugees to make :

– understand the origin of refugees.

– understand what it feels like to be a refugee far from home and uprooted.


Monday, December 10th, 2018.

-9:30 – 12:00 am:

Simulation and explanation of the activity about the disabled persons :

5 tables put in the center of the university.

Each one has a specific handicap to represent by a scorpion.( motors, sensory, visual, congnitve: dyslexie)

The participant had to agree to be transformed into a disabled person and to do some physical activity.

The participant has the choice to share his emotions after that experience.

-12 :00 t 2 :00pm:

Simulation about refugees:

The participants must live the life of a refugee with all the atrocities that a refugee can cross and all the sacrifices he has to make to get to another country in one piece. And after that he has to deal with the detention center with agents who speak a foreign language (in our case we used German)

After the end of the game, the participants and the scorpions made a debriefing about their experience as refugees.

We concluded with The projection of the movie ” WONDER

Plans for evaluation:

– Before we starded any of the activities about persons with disabilities we asked the participant if he knew what is this kind of disorder for exemple what’s ‘’ dyslexia’” to evaluate his knowledge

-For the refugees we asked questions after the end of the game for exemple : what was that about ? what’s the role of the detention center ?

-instagram questions/ answers ( feedbacks)