The #VideoGame that can open people´s eyes for #SouthSudan

Nowadays more and more people are into games, specially video games.

But also, a lot of those are filled with violence, shooting, bombs, and people doesn´t really seem to think it´s a problem. But what happens when it becomes reality!?

Or more, what happens when reality takes over the video game?

In an effort to raise awareness of the situation of children in South Sudan, UNICEF embarked on an unusual kind of campaign.

They sent an actor, a film crew and two South Sudanese youth to a major video game convention in Washington, D.C., and we were given a keynote address slot to pitch an exciting new video game to an audience of gaming enthusiasts.

The gamers in the room were real, as were their reactions and the footage that UNICEF captured for this short film.

In 2014, disasters and crises have affected children in many parts of the world. In South Sudan, which only a few years ago celebrated its independence, food crisis and conflict during the past year have had deadly consequences for children.

Raising awareness is just one step toward helping the children of South Sudan, who are living every day in a life-or-death situation, and it is not a game.

Read more about the situation in South Sudan.

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For another kind of education…

This story really touched me.

“Relationships are important in education… and really maybe even the key to teaching is the relationships we have with the students… if you are able to touch their minds, fine.. but if you can touch their hearts..than the mind contact last longer and goes deeper I think” by 4th grade teacher John Hunter, while introducing his creation called: The World Peace Game.

John Hunter managed to put all the problems of the world on a 4′x5′ plywood board and challenge his 4th-grade students to solve them.

The World Peace Game is a hands-on political simulation that gives players the opportunity to explore the connectedness of the global community through the lens of the economic, social, and environmental crises and the imminent threat of war. The goal of the game is to extricate each country from dangerous circumstances and achieve global prosperity with the least amount of military intervention.

In essence, as meaning is constructed out of chaos and new creative solutions are proposed, the World Peace Game players will learn to live and work comfortably at the frontiers of the unknown. Beliefs and values will evolve or completely unravel as they begin to experience the positive impact and windows of opportunity that emerge through effective collaboration and refined communication.

At TED2011, he explained how his World Peace Game engages schoolkids, and why the complex lessons it teaches — spontaneous, and always surprising — go further than classroom lectures can.

His work is featured on the film: “World Peace and other Fourth-Grade Achievements”, a production of Rosalia Films, www.rosaliafilms.com, directed by Chris Farina a thought provoking documentary filmmaker.

Hopefully more and more schools and teachers will be able to come across experiences like this, and loose the fear to invest more in new kinds of education…

More information about the game and the film at:  http://www.worldpeacegame.org/

Mais sobre essa historia em portugues: http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/saber/905242-professor-americano-ensina-a-paz-por-meio-da-guerra.shtml