Ever since the war in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, a lot of refugees left their homes for a new life in Europe. It’s impossible for young Westerners to imagine what people from these countries had to endure to make it here. Peacecraft (link in Dutch) is a project aimed at teenagers aged 16-18 to better understand this situation. With a mobile game that transforms their smartphone and a play to gain perspective, the project wants to build bridges and battle prejudice.
The mobile game, developed by Wim Wouters’ new venture Poppins & Wayne, tells the interactive story of teenage refugees Sarah or Mohammed. Players experience the perilous journey from the Middle-East to Europe through a bunch of smartphone applications, such as social media and maps. The events that play out are based on real-life stories of refugees that helped shape the game. With the phone as their only guide, players will have to make rough decisions – choices and consequences where actual refugees have to live with every day.
Want to drop your students in the shoes of someone fleeing for their life? You can find more information on how to experience Peacecraft at your school here (link in Dutch).