On March 25th, InMaLanka intervened at St Mary College, Stains (93), France.
To educate children in VIIstd (12 years old) to social inequalities in the world, InMaLanka developed a game of Development Education. A role play about the issue of access to education in Indian rural areas has been designed for this purpose.
Two people of InMaLanka team leaded the session which aimed to identify themselves and to confront the problems that arise when one is a disadvantaged child in India.
After a briefing on the proceedings of the game, the children and the teaching staff (one adult per group) received a character card explaining the life of the character, the problem that she/he confronts, her/his language, her/his social background etc. Each player had to realise during the game one or more tasks related to the theme of education. The game allowed to address several questions: child marriage, child labor, corruption, disease, disability...
At the end of the game, a sharing time allowed all the players to get back to the highlights of the game.
This experience has been very well welcomed by the children. With no video support, they were able to represent by themselves a reality far from their lives in France. Sustainable Development and Social inequalities at world level are a part of the VIIstd program in France (12 years old children) and this game illustrate the course and enter in the heart of the matter. Children hat to face several kind of situation: the girl who gas to convince her parents to send her at school instead of marrying her, the teen who works to eat an dreams about school. The teaching staff also had to meet various challenges: find the money to pay the canteen, how to repair the school roof after a cyclone and identifying students in need.
The debate that followed the game has helped to inform students about the issues caused during the game.