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Race Against Global Poverty

Race Against Global Poverty


Race Against Global Poverty is a new online game in which children are encouraged to complete multiple-choice questions about poverty and philanthropy in order to help their animated animal avatar “win” a race that also involves minigames, such as one about collecting water from a pump.  Unfortunately, like so many so-called “serious games” that are designed to raise awareness about poverty, global conflict, environmental risk, or disease, the actual rules of the game do little to help children understand the principles or constraints that govern systemic problems.  Unlike the best serious games or games for change, which show rather than tell, this game merely adds bells-and-whistles to what is essentially an online quiz.

Department for International Development

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