Unam students invent Constitutional game

Windhoek: The Legal Aid Clinic in the Faculty of Law at the University of Namibia (Unam) and a group of final year Unam law students, known as Firm Plato, launched a Kiddies’ Constitutional Board Game on campus last week to help children learn learn about Constitutional rights in a fun and easy way.

The game aims to expose children to human rights issues, while still young and to develop a passion for human rights at a tender age. The game was introduced in 2013 by a final-year law student as one of the legal programme requirements for final year students to come up with something that will impact the community.

The game teaches the text of the Constitution in a highly-engaging way and covers articles and amendments in the Constitution. It references the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) and ChildLine Lifeline, as well as key facts, dates and vocabulary.

“I really like the game, as it will expose us to what we didn’t know about the Constitution and help us in future,” says Abubacarr Jobarteh, a learner from Amazing Kids Private School, who was present at the launch.

The game can be played without specialised prior knowledge, because it was designed for children to learn the Constitution as they play. “When I heard of it, I was looking forward to playing it. I find it quite interesting, because I didn’t know some of my rights, but now I will definitely learn a lot in a fun and easy way. I hope all children get hold of it, because it will really benefit them a lot,” says Thusnelde Karupanda, a learner at Van Ryn Primary School.

Firm Plato visited some schools earlier this year to enlighten learners on the Constitution and their rights, as well as their plans to launch the game. One of the brains behind the game, Lucia Nandjembo, says the game aims to teach kids how to interact with people, to understand their rights and put these into action if need be.

“We wanted to simplify and translate the Constitution for all children to know their rights and understand it while they’re still young. When kids know the Constitution they will understand things better. We wish to distribute ther game all over the country,” Nandjembo noted.

The game is available for free and can be collected up at Unam’s Faculty of Law Legal Aid Clinic.