EIU in the world2014.06.18 17:54


In an effort to raise awareness around flood safety and preparedness, UNESCO Bangkok, the Regional Bureau for Education in Asia-Pacific has developed a mobile app “Sai Fah: The Flood Fighter”, the first educational game application which teaches key concepts in disaster risk reduction in a fun and engaging way.

The first version in Thai was so successful that the English language version had also been launched to help children in the rest of the region, particularly in countries that experience heavy monsoon rains such as Myanmar, Indonesia, Bangladesh and the Philippines. Ichiro Miyazawa, the Unesco Bangkok programme specialist for literacy and lifelong learning reported that the Sai Fah has been downloaded about 30,000 times in 103 countries since its release 4 months ago, and now French version is being developed upon request.
Shortly after its debut in January 2014, the game reached the number one position in the Game/Education category on the iOS platform in Thailand and ranked among the top 70 overall apps in the country.

The need to raise awareness around flood safety issues was made grimly apparent following the 2011 deluge in Thailand, which resulted in scores of preventable illnesses and deaths. Each level of “Sai Fah” contains an important lesson related to flood preparedness. Players must overcome challenges by choosing the safest course of action, with pop-up boxes alerting them to common hazards and other information related to floods. The cartoon-like design and inclusion of mini-puzzles increase the game’s appeal to young gamers.

“Sai Fah” is available for download via:
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.opendream.floodgame


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