Project in Bosnia Increases MIL through Online and Board Games

The project of ‘Humanity in Action’, a CSO in Bosnia and Herzegovina, aims to educate young people about the significance of media and information literacy in their work and public life through the use of innovative and interactive educational tools – board and on-line games. All games are made available online for public use.

The project “Games of Media, Games of Information” is part of the sub-granting scheme of the regional project »Media for Citizens, Citizens for Media«, implemented in five countries of the Western Balkans. The aim of the projects is to increase the CSOs’ capacities for promotion of MIL practices and policies at a local level. In this series we present a number of implemented projects.

Razolav – Razotkrij lažnu vijest (Uncover the fake news) is a multi-player game that takes place on a map of Bosnia and Herzegovina, divided into puzzles. Each puzzle carries specific media literacy related questions and challenges with the answers offered, followed by points and penalties. Players conquer cities and thus educate their inhabitants on media literacy. The game ends when the last city is conquered. The winner is the player who has educated the largest number of residents.

Players will advance or regress through the Medirint game based for two players on their knowledge of media and all of its elements or lack thereof. Ultimately one of the players will win. 

Mediatlon is a game aimed to promote and encourage critical thinking skills, which will enable players to thoughtfully choose the media content they consume as well as learn how to interpret the information they receive through mass communication channels. Ability to “read” media messages and their meaning, not always self-evident and obvious, is crucial for understanding the world around us, but also for forming ways of thinking about the world, i.e. interpreting interpersonal and intra-group relationships, ‘Humanity in Action’ says.

Making of the games

A three-day-long online workshop session was held (May 11-13, 2020) – participants (young people, mainly university students) attended a series of five lectures on media and information literacy. With the help of experienced facilitator, they were later divided in three groups and worked separately on developing three different games focusing on various educational aspects of raising awareness on media and information literacy skills among citizens in BiH.

After designing and developing the games in on-line format, participants tested the games in several game-testing sessions organized online in various cities/regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The project participants then drafted reports outlining games’ key advantages and shortcomings based on the feedback they had all received during the “pilot-testing” phase.

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The regional program “Media for Citizens – Citizens for Media: Strengthening the Capacity of NGOs for the Development of Media and Information Literacy in the Western Balkans” is implemented with the support of the European Union by partner organizations Mediacentar SarajevoAlbanian Media Institute,Macedonian Institute for MediaMontenegrin Media InstituteNovi Sad School of JournalismPeace InstituteSEENPM.