We are all happy in spring when migrants come. Aren’t we? All the children look forward for the arrival of migrant birds and adults encourage them to feel this way. Why don’t we always welcome migrant people with the same joy? Are the migration of birds and the migration of people really that different? Aren’t they both being led by similar logics: the satisfaction of basic needs, achieving wellbeing, grounding a family, enjoying the freedom to move?
Last year in spring we started building a board-game with these ideas in mind. That’s how we created CUiB, a game about birds and humans. The game is gentle in suggesting the analogy between the migration of birds and the migration of people. It is an educational board-game which teaches not so much by providing answers, but rather by stimulating questions. It increases the interest of young kids in the world around them and develops in them a positive and caring attitude towards nature and towards others. By using the metaphor of migrant birds the game invites each player to be a migrant at least for one hour, understanding better the challenges and hardships of migration, becoming more aware of the importance of cooperation and of the respect for fundamental rights.
We built the game in such a way as to inspire empathy, generosity and respect towards others. For instance, at the end of every round we encourage the young players to exchange or donate each other resources-cards. We discovered to our surprise, when playing with kids, that they were already very empathetic, generous and respectful towards one another. In comparison with how adults played the game, children were much less competitive, sharing and helping each other much more and in a disarmingly honest and enthusiastic way. Kids play the game with a genuine altruism, which adults lack most of the times. Apparently, as time goes by, we learn to compete and often forget to cooperate. CUiB is then relevant in that it helps children preserve their generosity and empathy. Let’s support children to grow up in this spirit.
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