Teaching humanitarianism to pre-teens through a collaborative role play game.

March 29, 2010
By Rhiannon_Fox

Rhiannon Fox BFA Communication Design

Title: Teaching humanitarianism to pre-teens through a collaborative role play game.

The Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) Red Cross program works to teach humanitarianism and the laws of war to young people around the world. Through a series of modules and general activities, the EHL has a curriculum that is designed to fit easily into a classroom environment.  As it is currently structured, the EHL does not specifically focus on a pre-teen demographic in teaching humanitarianism, volunteering and working collaboratively. Therefore, I propose to design a team-based interactive role playing game for 8 to 12 year olds. It will be based on a simplified overview of the existing EHL curriculum in order to better suit a pre-teen demographic. This will help to implement volunteering and humanitarianism at a younger age through physical interactions, and encourage students to work collaboratively towards creative and critical solutions when faced with the dilemmas of humanitarian law.

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