Gaming for peace
Updated: Apr 28
A new initiative will see Stevens Initiative grants, the U.S. Department of State and the nonprofit Games for Change announce "a new project that seeks to engage 2,700 students in the U.S., Israel, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in a virtual student exchange program centered on the development and creation of social impact video games," according to a Washington Post report.
The report, which was announced in the first week of April, noted the following, " Today, the Stevens Initiative announced its support of Game Exchange, implemented by Games for Change. Games for Change is one of 19 grantees to be named a 2021 Stevens Initiative grantee. 'People-to-people exchanges are critical to advancing global peace and understanding,' said Matthew Lussenhop, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 'Through early adoption of virtual exchanges, the Stevens Initiative has elevated technology to foster collaboration between students in the United States and counterparts in the Middle East and North Africa.'"
It will foster creative dialogue between the US, UAE, Israel and Bahrain. This is key to building on the Abraham Accords in 2020. “As society continues to become more connected, the ability to collaborate globally has become an essential skill,” said G4C President Susanna Pollack. “Through Game Exchange, we are fostering this using a universal medium understood and loved by youth worldwide-- video games."
The Stevens Initiative put out a tweet about it. The Stevens Initiative expands access to #VirtualExchange for young people in the US & MENA. It is part of the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Building friendly, peaceful relations through international exchanges.
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