Peace Generation Movement Spokesman James Pakniany remarked in Ambon on Thursday that the Board Game for Peace is part of the Training of Facilitator (ToF) in the form of game to train the skills of young people to become agents of peace in their communities.
The Game for Peace in the Maluku provincial capital of Ambon will be the second after the movement cooperated with Kummara to hold the same training in five major cities in Indonesia in 2017.
Kummara is a game studio focusing on serious game, gamification, and interactive system design.
Supported by passionate team, Kummara is also known as a pioneer in the serious game industry and gamification implementation in Indonesia.
Its concepts, games, and game design approach have been implemented in many fields, namely education, research, business, social campaign, marketing, and many more.
This year, Ambon will be the sixth of seven cities in Indonesia where the ToF Board Game for Peace will take place.
Targeting the younger generation of the high school and university students, the Board Game for Peace training in Ambon City is scheduled to be held at the Fisheries Research and Extension Center (BP3) for three days from Nov 9 to 11, 2018.
"Peace Generation Movement has tried to design board games as a tool to deliver peaceful messages in a more pleasant way, than through seminars and the like," Pakniany remarked.
The coordinator of the peace game at the local level explained that the Board Game for Peace is a game that must be played in groups. The game itself is quite easy and can be played by anyone.
Using card sheets that are similar to playing cards, coins, and boards as game media, Board Game for Peace consists of several types of games with different themes and issues, but aims to convey the values of peace.
In one part of this game, the players will be directed to maintain one village consisting of six hamlets, where each player can choose his or her role and profession in the community, such as health workers, farmers, breeders, and others.
"This activity targets high school and university students because we see them as active social media users. Another reason is that extreme violence tends to occur at this age group. It is hoped that after participating in this training, the students can also train other friends in their respective communities," Pakniany noted.
Participants of the Board Game for Peace can register via online at "http://bit.ly/BGFPeace2". The registration is free of charge.
Until now, Pakniany remarked that the number of registrants had reached 200 people. Because it has exceeded the target, the applicants who passed the first phase selection will also be selected through online interviews.
Seeing the many people interested in Board Game for Peace activities in Ambon, he expressed hope that the new method of conveying the message of peace could have a positive impact and spread more widely among the community.
Reporting by Shariva Alaidrus
Editing by Otniel Tamindael