Games That Teach Global Citizenship and Sustainable Development
Learning through digital technology and video games can lead to more peaceful societies, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the educational arm of the United Nations. The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Instituteof Education for Peace and Sustainable Development has created two games aimed at teaching students about global citizenship and sustainable development: World Rescue is a narrative, research-based videogame inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Through fast-paced gameplay set in Kenya, Norway, Brazil, India, and China, students meet five young heroes and help them solve global problems—such as displacement, disease, deforestation, drought, and pollution—at the community level. The Cantor’s World game educates people about the Inclusive Wealth Index (IWI) and the way it complements other indices. In the game, players experiment with policy choices and experience firsthand the tug-of-war between short-term results and long-term sustainability. Participants play the role of the sole architect of a country and decide the specific targets for their respective countries.
Carnegie Hall Kids is a child-friendly website that invites youth aged 5–12 to learn about music through activities that ignite children’s imagination. Through a fun and engaging interface, young people can learn about the history of Carnegie Hall, as well as explore a variety of musical genres and traditions.
ImmerseMe offers solo language practice in virtual reality. In each lesson, students will find themselves in a 360-degree photographic image filmed on location in a place where their language of choice is spoken.
Getting children to compose music has always been seen as difficult, a skill reserved for those who have mastered theory and acquired sufficient instrumental skill. With Hyperscore, children can express their innate musicianship literally in minutes, regardless of their level or prior music experience.