2.4.3 Activity 3

Description of the Learning Activities


Timing (minutes)

Materials/ Equipment Required

2.4.3. Be a change maker

This activity promotes active citizenship using a development education approach and supports the learner to find avenues to take action within their community.


1.Provide the learners with a template of an empty tree (roots, bark and branches/leaves). Ask the learners to write on the bark one issue that they feel passionate about (e.g. gender equality, climate change, poverty). Then instruct the learner to fill in the roots of the tree with the root causes of this issue – give some examples to assist and to fill in the branches/leaves of this tree with effects of this issue.

2.Put the learners in smaller groups to share their trees. This shared learning will be of benefit to the entire group.

3.As you continue, share information on the importance of taking action to effect change, encourage the group to think about how they would like to take action on the issue they choose. Ask the learners to share in groups of 3 their answers to the following questions:

>  What area of the topic I choose would I like to explore further?

⮚What skills do I have that could affect change?

⮚What groups are active on this topic in my community.

4.Show the following video by Wangari Maathai – ‘I will be a hummingbird’: “I will be a hummingbird” – Wangari Maathai – YouTube

5.Ask each person to share one word about how they feel ending that session.

60 minutes


Template of empty tree

 (see P1 – toolkit diagrams.pdf (advocatesforyouth.org)


This activity can be conducted online via Zoom or similar in much the same way as face to face. You will need to decide if you want learners to draw individual trees on paper (which they could hold up to their camera to share) or online via sites such as Jamboard or Word Wall. Learners could also create collaborative trees via these sites.

60 minutes

PC, tablets or mobile phones with internet connection