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Career Theme Park

Creating scenarios and role-playing games to let children experience various occupations.

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Vicenç’s post “"Busca tu Norte": a project that helps youths to understand every job before they choose their job” reminded me of BabyBoss, a career theme park in Taiwan.

BabyBoss is a simulation city designed for kids from 3-12 to explore over 70 different occupations. In this city, there are various stations, such as fire department, gas station, pizza shop, etc. Parents walk their kids from station to station; they cannot enter these stations, but they can stand outside and take photos. At each station, kids will dress up (uniforms are provided), listen to the adult instructor’s brief lecture, and act out the occupation. Kids can earn salaries (tokens) from these stations, and they can save it in a bank or spend it at the souvenir shops.

In addition, every kid is issued a citizen ID. This ID can be used to access the kid’s personal occupation record online. From viewing the list of occupations your kid has completed, parents might be able to better understand where your kid’s interests lie. (Maybe we can also integrate other resources, such as personality assessment test?)

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DeletedUser

While watching the challenge brief's video, these words attracted my attention the most (but I can't figure out where to put it in my post, so I'll mention it here):

...They’re between 5-16 and they’re at school. They can see that their brothers and sisters haven’t got work, and they ask the question “what’s the point?” And they become unteachable.
- Will Hutton (Chair of Big Innovation Centre, Work Foundation)

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Very important point to address throughout this challenge.
There is a growing need to counteract negative role-models with positive ones.
That's where I like the inspiration from the Philippines of "street school" which engages children in their environment as a first step back towards formal education
( http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-05-11/philippines-ngo-takes-school-to-the-streets/942528 )
In addition to lack of affordability of education and/or ancillary costs there is a stigma with having to send kids to school in last year's uniform or shoes.

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Thanks for the link Paul! Compared with formal education, mobile classroom has more flexibility as well as challenges.
When I was in university, several of my friends participated in clubs that reached out to underprivileged children. My friends think it was really rewarding to hear those children mention that they want to continue on with their education and someday encourage other underprivileged children to learn. Most of the club members continued to reach out to those children for 3 to 4 years, and the children not only view them as role models, but also as older brothers and sisters.