The Ed-tech organization was selected among over 1,300 grassroots organizations that applied for the prestigious Intercultural Innovation Award, a partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the BMW Group

 

Games for Peace was awarded for their project Play2Talk, a school programme that uses the popular game Minecraft to reduce stereotypes between Jewish and Arab schoolchildren in Israeli schools. Participants play in mixed teams, through a set of challenges that require increasing levels of cooperation and collaboration.  The virtual world is additionally supplemented by face-to-face meetings where the children discover the real people behind the avatars. Prejudices are reduced through positive interaction.

 

 

“We are already helping to build a more tolerant future generation through video games, a platform with which children everywhere can relate,” said Uri Mishol, Founder and Chairman of Games for Peace. “We hope that we can create an effective model for curbing intercultural prejudice in more countries with support from the Intercultural Innovation Award.”

 

The Intercultural Innovation Award Ceremony was held in New York at United Nations headquarters, in the presence of ambassadors and high-level UN officials