Grove students learn about human rights through new game

September 26, 2019 BY

Educationalist from The Brainary Hugh Kingsley, back, OGPS Acting Assistant Principal Kristy Hannan-Cuthbertson, left, grade 6 teacher Caroline Lawrence, right and student leaders who trialled the game. Photo: REBECCA ADAM

OCEAN Grove Primary School students have tried their hand at an educational game which teaches them about their rights, freedoms and responsibilities.
School leaders participated in the “Human Rights Game” last week that is underpinned with the United Nations 30 Articles and its three pillars (Freedom, Equity, and Dignity).
The game was developed by The Brainary, a distributor of world-leading educational resources based in Geelong West, covering pre-school right through to elderly care.
Ocean Grove’s Hannah Portogallo was project manager and said working in collaboration on the “Human Rights Game” had been such an eye-opening experience.
“Creating, discussing and challenging life views with two very experienced authors (one in the USA and the other in Australia), has enabled the development of a fun and engaging educational board game for children and teens,” Ms Portogallo said.
“I have developed such a strong appreciation for this project, not only in the way it facilitates discussion about the world we live in, but the way it enables young people the opportunity to voice their opinions, share their values and most importantly, learn from others.”
Educationalist Hugh Kingsley said the second aim of the game was to help players make better choices in a rapidly changing world, whereby customs, ethics, and values are learnt from non-traditional sources often with materialistic and prejudice underpinnings.
Mr Kingsley said much of the learning takes place though discussion, short storytelling and problem-solving.
For more information, visit thebrainary.com/the-human-rights-game.