PEACEapp workshop: Video games created by young migrants and refugees to boost intercultural dialogue

Thirty young migrants and refugees from ten countries have been trained to create video games though the MIT Media Lab gaming platform SCRATCH.

This training is part of a three-day workshop on the theme “PEACEapp”, held from 28 to 30 January at the National Centre for Information for Children (CNIPE), at the initiative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), in partnership with NGO Association ADO+ and the Red Crescent Tunisian Association, TAP reports.

This meeting aims in particular to boost intercultural dialogue and to offer young migrants and refugees a space for exchange and creation, said Jordi Torrent, UNAOC Project Manager – Media Literacy Education.

It also aims to develop a sense of creativity among these young people, to contribute to digital literacy and to create educational and social and humanitarian games, he told TAP.

Three other similar meetings were held in other countries, namely Kenya, Spain and Morocco, he pointed out.

Dhoha Jourchi, a member of the association ADO+ said the workshop was a place for meeting and cultural exchange for these young people from several countries.

These young people come from Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Syria, Yemen, Nigeria, Chad, Rwanda, Benin and Tunisia, she said.

Wissem Bel Egha, the trainer who led the work of the young migrants and refugees, pointed out that the video games that have been created by these young people show their sense of creativity, stating that the main theme of these games is “immigration”.

Certificates were given to the young participants at the closing ceremony of this workshop.

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) is a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General to promote intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation.

UNAOC works mainly in four priority areas (education, youth, media and migration), using a multidisciplinary and multi-perspective approach.

By developing a number of innovative projects and key initiatives, UNAOC stimulates innovation, bridges existing gaps, engages a wider audience, and contributes to positive social change.

Following this workshop, participants will continue to develop a video app with the support of Tunisian digital product studio Galactech.

In addition to enhancing the technological knowledge of the participants, PEACEapp will also be a platform to encourage the creativity and development of intercultural dialogue skills of all young participants.


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