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This session consists of three activities: a ‘brainstorm’ during which participants shout out words that define security in their lives; an ‘integrated security presentation’ in which facilitators explain the development and meaning of the concept; and a ‘group discussion’ that gives participants an opportunity to reflect and ask questions.

Session objectives

  • to introduce the integrated security framework; and
  • to ensure that participants have an opportunity to define their own concept of security, and to challenge ‘received’ ideas about the parameters of security.

Adaptation notes

This session has been consistently effective and should not require specific adaptation.

The group discussion session is the first ‘open session’, where participants have an unstructured opportunity to begin sharing their stories and concerns. Facilitators should be flexible and allow time here for whatever arises – this will flow into the next, more structured session on assessing challenges and threats.