Traditional games as a tool for understanding and cooperation


10 October 2019, Mirsal gave a pitch for new idea in integration and co-existence at Celebrating Our Diversity Forum in Espoo, Finland.

The Anna Lindh Foundation, at the second Forum to celebrate diversity, called for smart ideas and best practices for integration.

“How do we make cities embrace cultural differences and be open to dialogue?” asks the Anna Lindh Foundation in their second Celebrating Our Diversity forum. “Through strengthening cooperation between multicultural associations and municipalities” Moniheli answered to this question.

The idea

Mirsal derived the idea from the Finnish education system. Finland is a leading country in education and has unique methods to do that. One of methods is learning through games.

Why we focused on traditional games?

Traditional games are intangible heritage in frame of games, dance and sports. It is rooted to culture and present not only the game itself but rather language, music, literature and architecture. They form an important part of the shape of our contemporary culture. Most of traditional games require joint efforts, involvement and cooperation from participants. Similarly, successful integration policy requires joint efforts and cooperation from everyone in the society. They are also very good instrument to present and expand own culture and heritage. It is an experience where everyone can find common things and value the differences. While learning or teaching the rules of each game, different topics can be discussed smoothly. Also, panel discussions can be opened after the games.

During the pitch, Mirsal introduced the Arabic culture through the little balls games. They are called in Arabic Gluul. Two or more can compete on how farther can throw the one Gul. The one who wins gain the gluul of others.

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