THAILAND

HUMAN RIGHTS CARD GAME GOES DIGITAL

During these challenging times of the pandemic, teaching activities need an update. To use the Coronavirus lockdown in Thailand as an opportunity to reach a broader audience, FNF Thailand went digital and redesigned its Human Rights Card Game. In the offline as well as in the online game, players propose and discuss solutions to human rights violations displayed on various game cards. In that way, they learn about the basic principles of human rights and how to react properly when basic rights are harmed.

FNF Thailand used the application Tabletopia to create an online version of the game. Furthermore, the team trained teachers and other multipliers via Zoom on how to play the game physically or virtually. Additionally, FNF Thailand launched an online campaign to collect feedback from educators who utilize the game already. Nearly one hundred users participated in the campaign, among them many secondary school teachers. They shared photos of them using the game in the classroom or on Zoom and explained how they utilize the game for their lessons. The campaign has created further attention for the Human Rights Card Game, which thousands of students already played.

A new research underlines the effectiveness of FNF Thailand’s gamification approach. Together with a scholar from Bangkok’s Thammasat University, FNF Thailand investigated the effects of its Rights Card Game on the players’ human rights knowledge. After observing and interviewing Rights Card players, five positive results were identified. They refer to 1) the understanding of fundamental human rights principles. 2) tolerance towards different opinions 3) the principle of proportionality and appropriate solutions for human rights problems 4) the participation in tackling human rights problems and 5) the creativity in delivering human rights solutions. The results are published in the Journal of Human Rights and Peace Studies 2021, Vol. 7 Issue 1, 63 – 81 “Rights Card Game: The Impacts of an Innovative Human Rights Education Tool on the Players’ Understanding of Human Rights”.

Human Rights Card Workshop

Students at the Human Rights Bingo Workshop

Young Students at the Rights Card Game workshop

Game-based learning

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