Intellectual games as a way to raise awareness

about Sustainable Development Goals and the Convention on the Rights of the Child

UNICEF
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01 August 2019

On 18th and 25th of July, UNICEF Moldova in partnership with the Association of Intellectual Games and U-Report Moldova organized two events at Summer school for volunteers of Youth Klinic (Youth Friendly Health Services) in Holercani, to familiarise young people with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  Adolescents were introduced to those topics and to U-report tool through an intellectual game, in which they in teamwork had to answer a series of related questions.

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SDG-CRC-Intellectual-Games-Holercani
UNICEF/Moldova/2019

The advantage of the intellectual game approach is that there is no specific knowledge required to take part in the game. Participants of any educational level can be involved in the discussion about Sustainable Development Goals. The competitive aspect of the game gives additional motivation for young people to acquire information and find the best solution.

“Intellectual games have a lot of positive parts. In pedagogical purposes, they are considered a universal tool to increase the level of concentration”, says Evgheni Poleacov, the President of The Association of Intellectual Games of the Republic of Moldova.

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SDG-CRC-Intellectual-Games-Holercani
UNICEF/Moldova/2019

The participants were very engaged in the process of the game. It was almost possible to sense physically the intensity when participants were discussing and debating the possible answer to the questions. When the right answers were announced, participants were bursting in the applause and happy screams.

“Everybody enjoyed the game very much because it was educative. For a long time, I wanted to play an intellectual game and now I had the perfect opportunity. I liked the questions, teamwork, and how Ivan (The Association of Intellectual Games of The Republic of Moldova) presented all this.!!!”, - shared Evelina Velijenco, a participant from Balti.

Being the driving force of society, young people play an extremely important role in the achievement of these objectives, development of innovative solutions and inspiring political change. Achieving SDGs is only possible if the young population, which is one-fourth of the population of Moldova would be closely involved in the creation of Sustainable World 2030.

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SDG-CRC-Intellectual-Games-Holercani
UNICEF/Moldova/2019

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals are 17 goals and 169 objectives, which 193 governments – members of the UN - agreed to reach by 2030. These goals target to eradicate poverty and inequality, promote sustainable development, good governance and sustaining peace, and also address climate change issues.

Convention on the Rights of the child

The UN Convention was adopted on 20 November 1989. The Republic of Moldova adhered to this Convention in 1993 after it had been ratified by the Parliament. This means that national and local authorities and the civil society must join efforts in order to ensure that the rights of all children in our country are respected in terms of access to education, health, the right to family and violence-free environment, the right to survival, as well as the right to opinion and free speech among others

Association of the Intellectual Games the Republic of Moldova

The Association of Intellectual Games of the Republic of Moldova conducts intellectual games and educational programs in the field of optional education for people of different ages, in various regions and in two languages, Romanian and Russian.

Youth Klinic

Youth Klinic is a national network of Youth Friendly Health Centers, united under one purpose: to provide specialized support, to prevent certain problematic situations and to find concrete solutions for the health problems faced by adolescents and young people in the Republic of Moldova.

U-Report

U-Report is a digital tool for social monitoring in real-time, which encourages community development through social networks. It is a 100% anonymous tool for young people to make their voices heard by the decision-makers. It creates the perfect environment for adolescents to engage in social change. The U-Report platform is present in 60 countries and has over 7 million users.