informa
/
News

Peace-builders are using game dev workshops to teach kids how to work together

"Games-based learning is ideal because of how critical narrative is to both games and to intercultural dialogue," says Ariam Mogos, founder of the Nairobi Play Project.
"Making games is not limited to a universal experience, but rather results in an artifact that young people create together — an artifact that communicates a narrative which everyone contributes to through dialogue and debate."

- Ariam Mogos, UNICEF education innovation specialist and overseer of the Nairobi Play Project, in conversation with The Scratch Foundation's My Nguyen.

More often than not, game development is a collaborative process. Now, the Nairobi Play Project is capitalizing on that and promoting game design education for migrant and refugee youth in an effort to help them sharpen their technical and communication skills.

Supported by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the Nairobi Play Project is something game devs should pay attention to because, as founder Ariam Mogos describes in a Scratch Foundation blog post, it "equips urban refugee youth and Kenyan youth in Nairobi with technical skills, 21st century skills, and a peace-building model to support the local integration of urban refugee youth into Kenyan society."

Mogos is an education innovation specialist at UNICEF, and she uses Scratch and other game dev teaching tools in the Nairobi Play Project's week-long game design workshops for kids. She says the Project had its first workshop in Kenya last year, with the goal of teaching the 24 participants (8 Kenyan nationals, 8 refugees from Ethiopia and 8 from Eritrea, with roughly 50 percent women and ages ranging from 12-23) how to make games and work together effectively.

"Games-based learning is ideal because of how critical narrative is to both games and to intercultural dialogue," says Mogos. "Young people can bring their perspectives about a specific issue to the table, and work together to craft one narrative, which can still represent many perspectives or challenges embedded in a game. This process can help young people discover common ground and perspectives and experiences, as well."

You can read more about what she learned from the inaugural Nairobi Play Project workshop, as well as the Project's plans to expand its program and bring it to more nations around the world. in the full blog post.

Latest Jobs

Sucker Punch Productions

Bellevue, Washington
08.27.21
Combat Designer

Xbox Graphics

Redmond, Washington
08.27.21
Senior Software Engineer: GPU Compilers

Insomniac Games

Burbank, California
08.27.21
Systems Designer

Deep Silver Volition

Champaign, Illinois
08.27.21
Senior Environment Artist
More Jobs   

CONNECT WITH US

Register for a
Subscribe to
Follow us

Game Developer Account

Game Developer Newsletter

@gamedevdotcom

Register for a

Game Developer Account

Gain full access to resources (events, white paper, webinars, reports, etc)
Single sign-on to all Informa products

Register
Subscribe to

Game Developer Newsletter

Get daily Game Developer top stories every morning straight into your inbox

Subscribe
Follow us

@gamedevdotcom

Follow us @gamedevdotcom to stay up-to-date with the latest news & insider information about events & more