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Learning through Games

Work has been steadily progressing on the IHL Action Campaign. A core group of Valparaiso University students has been working for weeks on a project that will educate the public about issues of International Humanitarian Law and call people to action to take a stand against injustices that result from war. Our group has decided to create a board game in the style of Monopoly, but instead of playing an aspiring mogul, our game places the players in the role of a military leader and forces them to make decisions about how to conduct themselves and their troops in a time of war. The goal of the game is to educate the players about the various facets of International Humanitarian Law.

Throughout the campaign, I have learned a great deal about international justice, the rules of war, and the international bodies that prosecute war criminals. The Raid Cross orientation was very valuable because it reinforced the moral dilemma of war. War is an awful thing, but can be conducted in such a way to limit casualties. I am enjoying the process and hope to learn more about how a larger group of people can become educated on International Humanitarian Law.

Students come up with creative ways to learn about IHL.

Students come up with creative ways to learn about IHL.

Valparaiso University students learn about IHL through simulations.

Valparaiso University students learn about IHL through simulations.

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