A ‘Dangerous Game’ will be played out at Bootham School as students experience in real time the consequences of their own actions as global citizens. Devised by Head of Chemistry, Mark Robinson, the whole school will take part in a simulation exercise to test out the effects of decisions taken by some people in the world on the living standards of others. There will be business scenarios and lifestyle choices to be made and then, at the end of the game the ‘winners’ will enjoy normal western, high quality food, while the game’s ‘losers’ are lined up in the refugee tent for a meal of rice!
Mark Robinson, explained, “I devised the role-play game to demonstrate the global consequences of our decisions and the effect they have on people. Global economic activity and its effect on climate change is a matter of serious consequence for today’s students, and Bootham, as a Quaker School, feels a particularly strong sense of our educational responsibilities in this regard.”
A whole day has been given over to issues of global food supply and active global citizenship. Bootham has been named as Oxfam’s lead school in the north of England for the charity’s Global Citizenship Project, and the School has been working with Oxfam to help spread the message of global interconnectedness. Students will have the opportunity to take part in one of twenty workshops in the afternoon, based on active citizenship, ranging from political lobbying and fair trade to computer programming games aimed at teaching global issues. Other schools from York and further afield have been invited to send representatives to take part in the day. Headmaster, Jonathan Taylor, said, “I’m delighted to be welcoming colleagues and students from other schools to join us for this exciting event. There will undoubtedly be some powerful lessons to be learnt through this shared experience, but I do hope that not too many of us end up in the refugee tent!”