5-30-12 Global Issues Interactive

Posted: May 30, 2012 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Activity:  Can you help the Guinard family to make ends meet and get ahead in their poverty-stricken homeland, Haiti? In this sometimes tragic and always challenging simulation game, you help the parents, Jean and Marie, and their children, Patrick, Jacqueline, and Yves, make decisions about work, education, community building, personal purchases, and health care that might brighten their future.

STEP 1:  Mute your computer

STEP 2:  Click here, choose education as your goal and play Ayiti

STEP 3 A Play the game until you are successful or until you have tried at least 4 times/different ways.

STEP 3 B:  Please answer these Type II questions in complete sentences and double spaced.

1. What was the game about and how would you describe it to a friend?

2. Why would selecting education be a goal in Haiti?  Even in tough economical times why might an education be valuable?

3. What types of decisions did you have to make about the family members while playing the game and trying to achieve your objective?  Which Global Issues that we have studied may correspond to these decisions?

4. What strategies did you use? For example, did you combine work and school, or did you send everyone to work? Which worked? Which did not?

5. Why would/should parents choose to devote so much effort to sending their children to school?

6. What obstacles did you face in trying to keep them healthy, happy and educated?  What Global Issues do these correspond with?

7. How do the situations and options in the game compare with those in your own community?

8. Why might access to education be a challenge in another country?

9. What factors would make it easier for the children in the game to gain access to education? What conditions could be changed and how?

 *If done early please play again with a different goal (health, happiness, or money)*

EXTRA CREDIT:

In one page typed (12pt font) double spaced answer the TYPE II below:

What is your reaction to the article “Build it and they will come”? (Click title for article) Do you believe this will cure poverty in Cite Soleil, Haiti’s most corrupt and gang filled city?  Why or why not?

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