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We're not lecturing, we inspire

 "Ajabu" is not about lecturing children about Africa and globalization. The point is rather to inspire them to stay open-minded, interested and inquiring, so they become confident participants in shaping the future .

 

The globalization sort of overstrains us
The globalized world is quite complicated. And actually it becomes even trickier every day. Even adults are often amazed and overwhelmed by the daily changes and the flood of information and how both affect our daily lives.


Factual knowledge certainly is important for adults, so we can make informed decisions. It is the basis for research, science, business and technical progress. But is the way how we impart knowledge today  really sustainably successful? Do we actually succeed in raising genuine interest and awareness and do we really succeed in maintaining it?

 

Lasting enthusiasm unfolds our potentials

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We all know that today's children will decide how our world will look like one day.

But how and when are they inspired in a way that will help them with their future actions? Do we succeed in helping them to develop a sustainable enthusiasm for important issues? Do our children, and we as a society, unfold all the potential that we actually have -- taking into consideration our knowledge and wealth?

 

Positive emotions make learning succeed

When we learn topics require having a personal meaning to us, otherwise our brains will deny accepting new knowledge. Learning and brain scientists have found this out for a long time.

In order to turn subject matters into successful knowledge, it needs positive emotions. When and if as many sensory impressions are addressed as possible, when perhaps even immersion happens, when psychological depth and opportunities for identification are available, then we start relating the new to pre-existing knowledge and learning succeeds.

 

Playing and telling stories are old 'techniques of culture'

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Children at play can often be seen full of devotion and concentration, especially when they play creatively or when they solve problems.  

Positive emotions ('fun'), that's scientifically proven, is the basis for us to learn sustainably and it is the foundation on which our enthusiasm remains lively. And if our enthusiasm remains intact, we have laid the ground for education, even literacy. Education in turn gives us continued desire to acquire new knowledge.

Actually, this is nothing new. Among the oldest cultural techniques of human learning has always been storytelling and playing. Put simply, by playing we practice, and through telling stories and listening we shape our knowledge, raise our awareness or share experiences. If both come together, learning will  succeed in a beautiful and pleasant way.

 

Narrative games will become an important tool for future learning

New technologies, simulations, computer games or whatever, will never replace thoughtful and loving parenting or committed teachers.


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Storytelling Games can offer support, both inside and outside school. They can help building a bridge between the children's world and the world of learning.

Storytelling Games can motivate and inspire all generations, they help preparing complicated sets of facts or help deepening subject matters. They meet children  where they are and help  teachers in their responsiveness and open-mindedness towards new ways of teaching.  

And they offer teachers numerous suggestions and starting points for further questions, for independent research by the children themselves, for activities and discussions, and for sharing personal experiences.

 

Storytelling Games work and they're successful

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“Don Cato”, our storytelling game about a wild lynx, looking for a suitable habitat, sold over 500.000 times, in Germany alone.

 

"Don Cato" inspired a whole generation of kids and families, teachers etc. to experience nature, wildlife and environment protection with intellectual curiosity and emotional participation. This proves that even a subject like biodiversity can become a huge success when it's delivered with a good story.

 

„AJABU“ now tells an exciting adventure story about Africa - and we're convinced that “AJABU” will exceed the success of „Don Cato“.

 

There is a great demand for narrative educational games

AJABU_Parents_Teachers_05There is a big need for entertaining solutions to the important educational task of conveying complex issues to children -- and people of all ages. For this reason both, the importance and the market for educational games and „serious games“ will continue to grow in the future.

 

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