Cologne Game Lab

Antura and the Letters app builds foundational literacy skills in Arabic and improves psychosocial well-being for Syrian children who are out of school or struggling in school.

Cologne Game Lab

Antura and the Letters app builds foundational literacy skills in Arabic and improves psychosocial well-being for Syrian children who are out of school or struggling in school.


Project Name

Antura and the Letters

Location Implemented

Global

Technology Used

Software/Apps

Competition Entered

EduApp4Syria Prize

Reading Skill Targeted

Foundational, Pre-Reading, Reading

Status

Winner

Amount Award

$650,000 (innovative tender)

Collaborators/Partners

The project is the result of the successful collaboration of three partner entities​: Cologne Game Lab (German university), ​Wixel Studio (Lebanese development studio), and Video Games Without Borders (international nonprofit organization). Their team, the majority of which is composed of Middle East and North Africa residents and refugees, is a mix of scientists, entertainment game veterans, and humanitarians.

The Challenge

Years of conflict in Syria has uprooted millions of people, hampering children’s access to education. More than 3.5 million refugee children were unable to attend a single day of school in 2016, and those who did attend often faced learning difficulties due to long-term stress as well as the use of educational materials in languages they don’t use or understand. A lack of basic literacy and numeracy skills among young people significantly decreases their educational progress and economic opportunities.

The Big Idea

“Antura wa al Huruf” (Antura and the Letters) uses the properties of play to achieve its pedagogical and psychosocial goals, featuring principles such as stealth learning, flow and player psychological modeling. The narrative context tasks the player with helping an old keeper watch over the living letters – wild little creatures. With the help of the keeper’s dog, Antura, the player embarks on a journey through multiple mini games, which correspond to content from Syrian elementary school curriculum.

Results

Available for free on Google Play, the App Store and Windows.

Blogs and Media

Research and Resources

Connect with the Innovator

Website

http://www.colognegamelab.de/

Organization Type

Consortium

Headquarters

Cologne, Germany

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