Play GETH2O to Spread Peace

2021-12-16 09:47 - 0 Comments

GETH2O is a strategic board game that aims to develop a culture of peace amongst young people. It will be used in youth groups and community centres in order to reach a large audience across Kenya (50 million people). The central theme of the board game is the chronic water shortages in the slums of Nairobi. So doing the game encapsulates both the larger issues and the daily obstacles in the lives of our target group, the young people. Larger issues such as corruption, leadership and human rights, daily obstacles such as peer pressure, crime and water shortages. In a playful manner, the game fosters the sensitisation of the players for the peaceful handling of community problems and flags options and alternatives for common action and possible long-term results. As such, the board game provides an engaging, self-reinforcing context in which to motivate and educate the players. Consequently, it fosters a non-violent lifestyle amongst young people. Why in Kenya? Kenya went through its worst political crisis in decades following its 10th General Election. More than 1,000 people have been killed in post-election violence. The violence has had a profound impact on human development and the economic costs, particularly for the poor and most vulnerable in the society. Unfortunately, young people have been used by the politicians and other people in positions of leadership as perpetrators of heinous acts of violence. In 2012 the next General Elections will be held in Kenya. Deeply shattered by the traumatic experiences people are tremendously terrified about a potential repetition of post-election conflicts. Find out more at: http://www.butterflyworks.org/content/13802/geth20

Submitted by Kim Nooij.

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