World Majlis | The Winning Match

When the Worlds of Education and Play Meet

Game-based approaches in education are full of possibilities. Incorporating more game-thinking and play-based teaching methods into education could be a winning strategy for us all. Games have a rich history outside the playroom. Chess, for instance, which helped Genghis Khan develop strategies on the battlefield, today is part of school curricula in Spain, Armenia, Italy, and Germany. Kriegsspiel, or wargaming, was invented to teach tactics to Prussian officers. Today, board and video games are put to educational, social, and therapeutic use. Today’s generation of educational games offer the opportunity to interact and make choices. Game-playing has been shown to increase cognitive functions, by stimulating areas of the brain that are responsible for memory formation and complex thought processes. It also improves decision-making, strategic thinking, and focus, as well as soft skills like communication and empathy. Simulations and virtual worlds allow for experimentation across all age groups, opening new opportunities for innovation. Please join us in this World Majlis to share your insights and collectively contribute to building a better future.