E-learning Sudan wins Dutch game award

During the Dutch Game Awards 2015, War Child Holland won the award for Best Co-Production for their serious game E-learning Sudan - together with Ahfad University in Khartoum, Dutch research institute TNO and game developer Flavour.

Worldwide, there are over 28 million children in conflict areas who are unable to go school. In times of war, schools are often destroyed or shut down for security reasons. Additionally, infrastructure often fails to provide education. Building new schools and training new teachers requires both time and money – and meanwhile, an entire generation of children tends to be forgotten.

While education is of the utmost importance for children. It provides them with structure, hope and chances for a better future. That’s why War Child Holland developed an interactive learning game e-Learning Sudan together with the previously named parties.

Applied education in specific situations
E-Learning Sudan provides children the opportunity to learn, despite the lack of schools and teachers, in a fun and creative manner: by playing serious educational games on tablets. The games are very accessible and specifically designed for children. The foundation of the game design were Sudanese children's drawings, so users can identify with the images they see. Even children who’ve never had any previous education can learn with the tablet – and tend to score the highest results of all.

On September 30th War Child Holland won a Dutch Game Award for this innovative project, to the excitement of all involved parties. Kate Radford, programme manager Innovation at War Child Holland: "It's an excellent game that’s fun, challenging and is internationally recognized as a valuable opportunity to provide education in specific situations."

Positive results
Since this e-learning teaching method has proven to be effective and succesfull, War Child Holland is planning on using a similar education method in the Syrian region: Can’t Wait to Learn! Due to the ongoing war in Syria, both Jordan and Lebanon have currently received more than 600,000 displaced Syrian children. Almost 60% of them can’t go to school because of the amount of pressure on the school systems there.

View images, screenshots and videos of the award winning game on this page.

Last year, e-Learning Sudan was also selected by UNICEF and the Center for Education Innovations in Washington as one of five UNICEF ‘Innovation in Education’ projects worldwide