Ayiti: The Cost of Life

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Ayiti is the latest addition to GameUp in conjunction with Global Kids! We’re really excited to share this unique game with you. Ayiti is a turn based, strategy game that challenges players to manage a family of five in rural Haiti, and keep them all healthy, educated and out of debt. At the start of the game, the player chooses a main goal for his/her family: achieve education, make money, stay healthy, or maintain happiness. During the course of the game, the player encounters unexpected events and must make many decisions that contribute to or detract from achieving the chosen goal.

Ayiti corresponds with our movie topic pages on BudgetsFighting HungerMoney, and United Nations. It’s great for project-based learning because of the inter-disciplinary aspects. Use our Ayiti lesson plan to get ideas for elaborating on the science, social studies, math, and health topics covered in the game.

After game play, there are lots of ways you can help students make a difference in the world. More details about each one are found on the Ayiti website (including the names and contact information for the individuals and organizations listed below).

  • Write a letter to your Congressional or Senate Representatives to find out what they are doing to improve access to education for children in Haiti.
  • Create a petition, collect signatures, and send them to U.S. government offices or agencies calling for programs that increase access to education for Haitian children.
  • Write a letter of inquiry to the Haitian Ambassador to the United States or United Nations to find out about the current status on access to education in Haiti:
  • Introduce peers to the game and educate them about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Raise funds to support a local organization in Haiti such as the Maison Fortuné Orphanage in Hinche which is working to provide food, shelter, clothing and education to orphaned Haitian children.
  • Educate your peers and members of your community by writing an article on poverty as an obstacle to education in Haiti and submitting it to your school or community newspaper.

There are so many ways to use Ayiti: The Cost of Life to raise your students’ awareness about global issues! Share your ideas in the comments.