Open Cafe Rzeszów: Access to Humanity

On Wednesday 07/07/2021 our Open Café took place at Kwadrat Kultury with the topic of Human rights. This Open Café has been hosted by our volunteers – Haseeb Ahmed Gondal from Pakistan and Abdoulaye Koina from Italy.  

With the help of volunteers :
Saida from Kazakhstan our photographer;

Jeyhuna from Azerbaijan our videographer;

Susanna from Georgia responsible for social media;

Dana from Kazakhstan event assistant. 

Open cafe about Human rights started with an introduction and importance of Human rights where our volunteers talked about the essence and purpose of human rights. Once the importance of human rights was clearly explained, we had our first activity: participants were divided into 4 groups and they were provided with 1 article from universal Human rights. This workshop specifically included the following: each team had to draw something on paper that would be associated with the human rights theme perception, and then the other team had to guess what idea was implied in that drawing. 

After that, it was time for an interesting discussion. The discussion was related to any interesting and actual topic from the Universal Declaration of Human rights. It should be noted that the discussion on such important issues took place in a dynamic process and was attended by everyone present. In addition, during the discussion were identified different views and attitudes which deepened the connection between the participants and hosts.

Discussion topics were like:

-Freedom of association with any group or organization until unless it doesn’t harm anyone

-Freedom of speech and expression 

-Slavery 

After a few minutes of break, it was time for the energizer where we had a book and all participants moved their bodies following the book’s direction- that was funny and entertaining. 

After the energizer started the last activity. The main topic of this task was children’s rights. Protecting children’s rights is a particularly important challenge in the modern world. Before starting the activity, the hosts talked about children’s law and some related facts about that topic, the participants were then handed out leaflets bearing the rights of the children. 

The content of the assignment was as follows: the children’s rights were given on the papers and the participants had to prioritize them according to which of them was more important, which less, and so on. This process of prioritization also sparked discussion in groups, as all the rights presented here were essentially important. Accordingly, in the end, it turned out that all rights themselves are equal and it is impossible to decide which one is more important.