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Board Game on Big Issues

A board game was proposed to educate children on basic information about food, water, health and sanitation during a recent collaboration between PSFK & UNICEF.

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Children play to collectively build a village, with important questions earning them the building blocks to do so. Answering questions about water will help them build a well, answering questions about healthcare will add a hospital, and so on. Whoever answers the most questions correctly will not only contribute to building the village and educating the other children, they will be the one to collect points for the questions, creating an incentive to learn. The game is over when the village is built.

Am loving this tool which seems sturdy, easy to produce, engaging to play, collaborative, incentivising and applies knowledge to real world issues. The best part is that children can discuss answers in a locally relevant way. Source:

This is the kind of product that I think could be perfect to match with my earlier post on Collaborating with Social Enterprise:


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Thanks Gabriel – I see from the links on your profile page that this is a specialist area for you – great to have you onboard! I look forward to seeing you applying some of this theory during the next Concepting stage.

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