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Workshop Toolkit

Remember the‘Make It Normal’ workshop we had conducted for school students of class 8 and 11 separately, with the objective of starting a conversation about sex and sexuality?
The success of the workshop and the feedback we received from the students after it helped us make this toolkit. Post the workshop, we iterated the toolkit according to the feedback we received and devised a number of games for catalysing sex education in schools and other teaching scenarios. We put together the activities and and games we played in the workshop in a box, with an instruction booklet to guide the giver of information on the how to conduct the workshop and how to play the various games. The back of all the cards are left blank to customise each game according the socio-economic group the workshop would be conducted for. As the giver best knows the what works for her/his group of receivers!

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The workshop booklet can be viewed here
Booklet

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Make It Normal – the Structure

We devised a workshop called ‘Make It Normal’ for school students of class 8 and 11 separately, with the objective of starting a conversation about sex and sexuality.

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The workshop’s structure

Before holding any workshops we consulted Ms. jamila Firdaus, the school counsellor at Navrachana High School, Vadodara. She helped us segregate our content age-appropriately and told us how to approach the students.

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Discussions with Jamila Ma’am

The workshop would begin with an ice-breaking video just to have a laugh and make the students feel comfortable. The ice-breaking videos for class 8 and 11 respectively are as follows –

The video would be followed by games – ‘Describe It’ and ‘Myth & Match’. Both games involve interactions between students that prompt exchanges of information between them regarding topics related to sex and sexuality, interspersed with us stepping in to provide them with extra information.

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Tools used for our games ‘Describe It’ (the pink slips), ‘Myth & Match’ (the green cards), and the red question box for anonymous queries.

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Cards segregated into separate stacks for the two classes

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A class 8 student describing a word to the class

After playing the games, students would ask us questions anonymously using a question box, which would be discussed and answered by us in front of the whole class.

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Anonymous Q & A with class 8

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The feedback form to be filled by each student at the end the workshop

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