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UNESCO MGIEP Promoting Serious Games For Kids Education

Image credit: TECH 2018, UNESCO MGIEP’s Transforming Education Conference for Humanity
The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), headquartered in New Delhi, India, is the UNESCO’s Research Institute that focuses on education for building peaceful and sustainable societies across the world.
In line with its vision of Transforming Education for Humanity, the Institute employs the whole-brain approach to education, with programs that are designed to mainstream Socio-Emotional Learning in education systems, innovate digital pedagogies and put youth as global citizens at the center of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
UNESCO MGIEP, through its Games for Learning project, seeks to embed core values of empathy and critical thinking in formal and informal learning spaces. The Institute promotes game-based learning as a form that can be especially appealing and simultaneously educational for youth.

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