Ottawa, Canada— At the ongoing UNESCO Week on Peace and Sustainable Development, the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (UNESCO’s category I institute based in New Delhi India) released World Rescue-a mobile-based game inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The game was officially released by Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO and Dr. Anantha Duraiappah, Director, UNESCO MGIEP.
The research-based video game, takes the players across Kenya, Norway, Brazil, India, and China where they take on the roles of five young heroes to solve global problems—such as displacement, disease, deforestation, drought, and pollution—at the community level to achieve a more sustainable world.
“Digital games offer a double dividend: First, they offer a platform whereby learners can make mistakes as they learn concepts of peace and sustainable development; and second children actually have fun while learning,” said Dr. Anantha Duraiappah, Director.
World Rescue has been designed and developed by Pixel Perfect, a game development company based in Hungary that won UNESCO MGIEP’s first-ever International Gaming Challenge in 2015. The challenge received 104 entries from 36 countries, including 32 inter-country collaborations.
“We have always held that gaming is a fun but effective educational tool. It was a great experience for us to work on World Rescue to create something that is also uplifting,” remarked Adam Regenyi of Pixel Perfect.
The storyline of the game has been curated by Literary Safari.
World Rescue is available for download free of cost on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store and has already been downloaded more than 10k times since its launch.
For more information:
—CBC News: Are video games key to world peace?
—Empathy Games (Radio Interview with Paul Darvasi)
—They’re game for social change: Meet the Gaming Challenge Finalists
—UNESCO MGIEP announces the Gaming Challenge Finalists
—Working Paper Series—Empathy, Perspective and Complicity: How Digital Games can support Peace Education and Conflict Resolution
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Date(s) - 08/03/2017
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm