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Privilege game raises awareness in society

Privilege game raises awareness in society

Progress Namibia, along with partners Hanns Seidel Foundation (Think Namibia), Namibian Youth Coalition on Climate Change, National Youth Council, and the Namibia University of Science and Technology, hosted the first of what will be a series of games called ‘Games for the SDGs’.

Programme Officer at Progress Namibia, Reinhold Mangundu said this week, the first simulation was held last week.“We played our first game, called the Privilege Game. It is a game that raises awareness around privilege in a society, and our own empathy towards other people,” he explained.

According to him, these games aim to provide a platform for locals to come together to learn about and discuss the Sustainable Development Goals freely and informally, and even find ways in which, citizens can also contribute.

“The game speaks to inequality, the 10th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), but is linked to all the other goals in one way or another. Participants were given roles to identify with, roles that exist in Namibian society, and were, during the game, given the chance to understand access and privilege around their roles. Depth dialogues ensued after the game, after which the participants discussed the link of the game and our heightened awareness to the SDGs,” he added.

According to Mangundu, the game ran successfully, and they look forward to running a game a month as part of the ‘Games for the SGDs’ series and all games will be hosted at the House of Democracy, thanks to the Hanns Seidel Foundation’s Climate Change Project

The next game will take place on Friday, 31 March, between 13:45 and 16:00, and will be a board game focusing on Flood Resilience. The games will continue with added learning and sharing, the last Friday afternoon of every month.

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