For the third time in six months, we met with our project partners from Sintra/Portugal for the mid-term meeting of our EU-funded project EDC for All! This meeting’s highlight was the presentation of our newly developed card game „S*INTRO“. The focus of the game is on experiencing exclusion and injustice. We will continue testing the game in the coming weeks and we hope to have a ready-to-use version at the beginning of next year. Apart from intense discussions during the meeting, we functioned as tourist guides for our Portuguese guests who had never been to Berlin before – just in time for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.
While Berlin was very much in the spotlight of world news recently for celebrating the 25th anniversary of fall of the Berlin wall, we developed our own project for schools remembering the peaceful revolution. In the first part of the programme, the participants examine the key turning points of the peaceful revolution by analysing historical film footage of the largest demonstration on November 4th in Berlin. In the second part we focus on the events after the revolution. In a simulation game the pupils take part in the first free elections in fictitious country after a peaceful revolution. Which parties will run for election? What do they stand for? How will the former regime present itself? Who can convince the anxious citizens? The game ends with the election of the new government. Interesting for us: the young participants, all of them born after 1989 in Eastern Germany, knew a lot less than one could have expected about this moment in history which was so important for their parents.
When we found out about the PEACEapp competition of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), we just had to enter this competition with our platform for online games. The competition is for digital games and apps that help advance intercultural dialogue and conflict management. On our brand new platform, our many games on conflict and peace can be played by many people at the same time, anywhere in the world. This was one of the conditions for entry. Even though making the video vaguely resembled a cloak-and-dagger operation of sorts, we sincerely hope that we win a prize. We will produce a higher quality version in time. Here is a our video.