UN launches children

A new Internet video game has been launched by the United Nations to make the children aware about natural disasters such as wildfires, floods, tsunamis and earthquakes. It is expected by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) that education through video game will be essential for reducing children’s risks to disasters. The free project, “Stop disaster game” (www.stopdisastersgame.org), is part of ISDR’s campaign on education called “Disaster risk reduction starts at school, teaches youngsters how to build safer villages and cities against disasters.” ISDR produced a board game called Riskland, aimed at children aged 6 to 10, earlier. In 2005, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) launched ‘Food Force’ (www.food-force.com), an internet video game with a virtual world of planes launching food airdrops over crisis zones and emergency trucks struggling up treacherous roads under rebel threat with emergency supplies, to teach children the arduous but vital task of feeding the world’s hungry.

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