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New Project Honduras video game launched

06 December 2018

New video game ‘Project Honduras’ teaches young people in Ireland about the impacts of climate change overseas

Lucy Ní Mhaoláin (11) plays Trócaire’s new education game ‘Project Honduras’ together with her classmates Mia Ní Raghailligh (12), Harvey Mac Riocard (11) and Brandán Ó Casín (11) from Gaelscoil Bharra Cabrach in Dublin. Photo : Garry Walsh / Trócaire

Trócaire today launched a new Development Education video game called ‘Project Honduras’. This computer game is an innovative new way to teach young people in Ireland about the impacts of climate change overseas.

‘Project Honduras’, which recently won the International Educational Game Competition 2018, is the first online Development Education game of its kind in Ireland. It is a strategy game where the primary goal is to show how important it is for communities to work together to combat climate change.

Aimed at 10-14-year-olds, the game is based on the real-life experiences of two young Honduran climate activists, Javier and Andrea, who featured in Trócaire’s 2017 Lent campaign on climate action.

The Trócaire Development Education team with students from Gaelscoil Bharra Cabrach and DCU academics at the launch of the ‘Project Honduras’ video game in DCU, St. Patricks. Photo : Garry Walsh / Trócaire

Gaelscoil Bharra test the game

Primary-school students from Gaelscoil Bharra, Cabra, who tested the game, were present to play the game at today’s launch day at DCU, St Patrick’s.

11 year old Brandán Ó Casín enjoyed playing the game and learning about climate change. When compared to other games that children play, he said Project Honduras is "better than FIFA" and with other games "sometimes there's too much gore and violence and it is actually boring". 12 year old Mia Ní Raghallaigh said that she got into the game so much that she "wanted to keep playing until you finish, I wanted to get it right". 11 year old Harvey Mac Riocard said "it's better to play a game than to learn in a book".

Mia Raghailligh (12) and Lucy Mhaoláin (11) from 6th class, and Brandán Ó Casín (11) and Harvey Mac Riocard (11) from 5th class in Gaelscoil Bharra Cabrach in Dublin, playing Trócaire’s new game ‘Project Honduras’. Photo : Garry Walsh / Trócaire

Their principal, Seán Ó'Donaile, said that “this new game from Trócaire is an excellent way of teaching students about issues in the developing world in a fun context. Kids are concerned about issues like climate change in particular, and this game enhances their knowledge. Students are very interested in the lives of people in other countries. It’s important they learn about other cultures in a spirit of solidarity”.

He added that "a game is a fun relaxed setting and is a specific activity that is more beneficial than books, they’ll remember it more because it’s a game”.

Raising awareness of issues like Climate Change

Speaking at the launch event in DCU, Jen Murphy, Trócaire’s Development Education Manager, said: “We’re delighted to formally launch Trócaire’s ‘Project Honduras’ game with the help of DCU and the students of Gaelscoil Bharra, Cabra".

“The game went through extensive testing with both students and teachers during development and we’re confident that this ensured that Trócaire produced something teachers could use and students could enjoy.

“We’re really pleased that the game has been so well received so far and we hope that it will help as an educational tool to raise awareness of some of the issues that communities are facing around the world due to climate change.”

Stephen Farley from Trócaire shows student teachers the new ‘Project Honduras’ video game at the launch event in DCU, St. Patricks. Photo : Garry Walsh / Trócaire

Play the game online

‘Project Honduras’ won the International Educational Game Competition 2018 for the best game in development, beating stiff competition from games designers from China, America, Brazil, France, Germany and the UK, at the Educational Conference on Games-based Learning in France.  

The game was designed by digital agency eightytwenty and Trócaire in consultation with Trócaire’s Honduras office. Trócaire are now exploring the possibility of a translation into Spanish to use in local communities in Honduras to support emergency preparedness.

Children can play the game online here

Game Changers Competition

Trócaire also launched its ‘Game Changers’ competition at DCU to encourage young people to use games as a way to explore global issues.

Trócaire ‘Game Changers’ is a new competition for young people who want to change the world and believe that games are a way to do this.

Games submitted must explore a Development Education theme and fall under one of the following game formats: Board Game, Card Game or Video Game.

Entries must be submitted by April 12, 2019 in Senior Primary, Post Primary or Youth Group categories.

More information here

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