Sandwich man


Vlaamse Scholierenkoepel


The good practice is developed to gather opinions on a certain topic.


Dress up as a sandwich man with cardboard. Put a question on top (e.a. what do you think of the digital diary used in our school?) and ask young persons to write their answer on the cardboard. Walk around and let the young persons come to you and/or ask directly if they would like to put down their opinion. You can hand out (edible) rewards.

--> People who want to gather ideas from the young persons.


It’s easy to organise, easy to do. The sandwich men need to be sociable and not afraid to talk to people they don't know.

By specifically going to groups that normally don't participate in these things, you can convince them to answer.


It can be done in any group situation. It can be done during breaks.


It’s tested on a number of schools by different pupils, with different school culture over the years.

You get a lot of opinions (especially when you hand out candy of course).

Each young person is given the opportunity to give his/her ideas on a certain topic: they think along and actively participate.

! It is important to let the young persons know what happens with the results. After all, knowledge is also part of participation !



High degree / regularly

Gender sensitivity:

High degree / regularly

Culture sensitivity:

High degree / regularly

Doable (practical):

High degree / regularly


High degree / regularly

Replicable and adaptable:

High degree / regularly


High degree / regularly

Type of good practice

Practical tool


Promoting democratic values, Youth civic participation


One day or less

Type of activity

Group activity


Cardboard boxes or sandwich plates; pens.


Vlaamse Scholierenkoepel


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