7 January 2013

Namibia: African Challenge Destined for Schools

Windhoek — The 'African challenge' game, invented in 1993 by a Namibian with the aim to educate Africans about the continent, was recently printed and will now be made available in schools this year.

Although the game first became available in the early nineties, it was reprinted in December last year, with funding from the Ministry of Veterans Affairs. The National Institute for Educational Development (NIED) has approved the use of the game for learning purposes. The game applies a professional and modern approach to educating Africans about African governments, history, nature, tourism, human rights and general science. For players to win, they must answer questions correctly to progress towards the centre, which is the picture of the African map.

The playing tools are a game board, four animal tokens, one dice, four hundred questions and answer cards, two cartons of card, instructions for playing and a copy of the African charter on human rights. Between two to four individuals can team up to play the game. The 'African challenge' game is the first educational board of its kind in the continent, according to the game inventor, Jesaja Denis Hatutale. He adds that the game promotes peace and actively involves participants in their human endeavours, while focusing on socio-economic development.

So far, he has approached offices of the Ministry of Education to propose that the game be introduced in schools. He says the game is aimed at enhancing learners' general knowledge, although it's not limited to them only. "It is for the learners to learn in a fun and enjoyable way," Hatutale told New Era when asked how it would assist learners. He said the game offers learners competition with other learners, while also serving as a self-study, because answers to questions are provided with the board. Furthermore, Hatutale wants the game to feature as part of the 60th celebrations of the African Union, this year.

If more funding is secured the game will be printed in French and Portuguese, said Hatutale. Furthermore, plans are in the pipeline to print the Namibian version of the game, Hatutale revealed.

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