Yesterday was quite a day at Global Kids! Youth from the Playing For Keeps program got to first meet with tech-oriented girls from the Middle East and then travel to the game design studio OMGPOP.
The first visit was with TechGirls, funded by the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Twenty-five TechGirls participants were selected from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian territories, Tunisia, and Yemen. All were proficient in English and ranged in age from 15-17. The program exposes them to advanced tools in technology and supports them in potential careers in the tech field. And of course, through their trip, they were also developing leadership skills and a better understanding of US society and culture, by meeting with organizations like Global Kids!
The girls were facinated to hear about the work the GK youth had done over the year. And as we went around saying our favorite games, if you closed your eyes, you could never have guessed who was from which country. Games were clearly a universal language and source of connection. And it was the first time for most to hear how games could be used to address civic and global issues.
To view more photos from the visit, go here.