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Refugee Challenge - request for landing

Request for landing’ is a hybrid game, played in both the digital and physical world, requiring co-operation between refugee and local children to fulfil assignments and undertake joint action to build an ideal society. It aims to give refugee children back their dreams and hopes for the future.

The assignments require physical action, such as making/building things, writing, discovering or sports’ activity, giving each child the possibility to explore their talent.

When they accomplish an assignment together, they get points, with which they can develop their own dream society in the digital game environment.

These assignments are linked to crucial issues in society, such as freedom of speech, women’s rights, corruption etc., but in a playful way embedded into children’s stories.

Taking into account their differing cultural upbringing, the children have to come up with solutions that are a result of interaction between these different backgrounds. They are encouraged to look at positive points of both worlds.

Each assignment ends with a conclusive page. All these pages together form the constitution of their ideal society.

At the refugee camp, a specific game area will be designated, with areas for different assignments indicated on the floor (with paint).

‘Request for landing’ is a game that:

-       connects refugee children with children from the host country;

-       makes children learn from each other’s respective cultures;

-       enforces refugee children’s self confidence;

-       makes the waiting in refugee camps for children less stressful;

-       let’s children dream about the future.

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