Human rights are not an afternoon tea topic. People who sign up for such trainings and events are either the most passionate activists or members of vulnerable communities. We want to reach out to more children and young people, especially, and talk with them about diversity and inclusion in an enjoyable and empowering way, thus, helping them overcome biases and challenge stereotypical narratives.
Barabar is a card game where players save the world from 15 challenges - drought, war, pandemic, financial crisis to zombie apocalypse, side by side (barabar=together) with 75 of the brightest minds of the present and the past belonging to 5 clans: artists, scientists, activists, entrepreneurs and environmentalists. The game is based on creative and collaborative storytelling where the players use the clan members' super powers to come up with solutions. To boost engagement there is a competitive component, too in gaining points for collecting resources.
Barabar, for example, is used in maths lessons to contextualize geometric shapes where the students first save the world from zombie apocalypse, then draw shelters in different shapes, calculating their area=how many people can be saved from the zombies. It can also support ecology lessons on sustainable use of water resources saving Earth from drought and learning about 15 prominent green activists in that clan.
We have been attending diverse game conventions and educational conferences across Europe since October 2022 demonstrating and organizing test play and workshops for teachers, educators and youth workers.
We organize trainings for young people and professionals in the field of education highlighting the importance and benefits from gamification where Barabar is a presented as a solution.
We have been joining various gatherings to talk about innovation in human rights education, social entrepreneurship and diversity and inclusion, where we present Barabar as a tool.
We also operate an online shop where the game is accessible in 5 languages: Bulgaria, English, Spanish, German and Dutch.
Get in touch with the team of Infinite Opportunities Association and request a test play. You can also see more about the game and the idea behind it at www.barabar.eu