OUR GAME: MINECRAFT: A BETTER AFRICA

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We wanted to create a Minecraft game that would show how it can feel when you don't have a lot of freedom. The first part of this game asks you to find your way out of a maze. When you don't have freedom it can feel like you are trapped. When you are trying to get through tough times it can also feel like you are confused and running into dead ends. Keep trying and believing. You will find a way out.
Once you get out of the maze, you will be taught how to find clean water, build a good shelter, and grow crops so that you can survive on your own. You are in the Savannah in Africa in this game. If you want to help the real life concerns of African children, please go to these resources that we used to research what to put into our game.

RESOURCES:

Clean Water
Another Clean Water
Build a Shelter
Sustainable Crops
Learn More and Get Involved:

Anup Shah, Conflicts in Africa, Global Issues, Updated: July 31, 2011



THE DOWNLOADABLE GAME:

If you want to play our game, download this Minecraft game file into your Minecraft "saves" folder and play!:


REFLECTIONS: HOW WE MATTERED AND RECODED THE HEART CODE:

We RECODED our friends' heartbeats in Tanzania by offering resources and friendship to share with the people they spoke out about. Africa is a large continent and there are places that are safe. There are places where there are more freedoms than other places. Tanzania is one of these places. They elect their government officials. We think it is neat that Tanzania also is where Mt. Kilimanjaro is. Helping children feel important in a place where they are not heard is a lot like climbing a tall mountain. We hope we came close to the top of this mountain or at least inspired you to climb.

RESPONSES TO OUR WORK:

A letter from our friends in Tanzania:
Dear Gage, Breeana, and Leilani,
Thank you for your writing and the game. We must try to have Minecraft on our computers. We enjoyed writing with you. Thank you for helping our class feel like we matter. We like your classroom of fearlessness. It is a good thinking. You made us feel important. We hope we made you feel important. Many blessings.
Adimu, Hadhi, and Saida

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