Using ASSAR games to encourage university participation

4 Aug 2016 - 14:00

By Mark Tebboth, University of East Anglia

An example of a similar activity at a school in Cape Town, South Africa

The purpose of the summer schools is to give school-leavers, thinking about attending university, a taste of university-style learning and university life in general. This summer, as part of the geography summer school, ASSAR’s Mark Tebboth delivered a taster session to prospective students focusing on some of the issues and challenges being explored through ASSAR’s research.

In the session students were introduced to some of the challenges facing rural communities in less developed parts of the world as they try to adapt to climate change. The session was very interactive and showcased some of the participatory techniques and games developed for ASSAR by the Red Cross Red Crescent Centre as a means to understand and learn about some of the challenges posed by climate change and how they can be communicated.

Through this participatory and interactive approach the students put themselves in the shoes of a farmer in Kenya or an agricultural extension officer in Ethiopia for example. Specifically, the session focused on some of the challenges of using and interpreting seasonal forecasts. It also explored how and why farmers take risky decisions, and the costs and benefits of those decisions. By the end of the session, the students had thought through some of the issues affecting farmers in developing countries and how climate change is affecting them.