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GhettOut game helps children in Karlovy Vary foster home

10. February 2009

The GhettOut computer game, produced by Tady a teď (Here and Now) in cooperation with the Vodafone foundation, helps children in a Karlovy Vary foster home prepare for successful integration into society. The main objective of this game is to teach children to distinguish between successful and unsuccessful life strategies in an entertaining form. The Donors’ Forum awarded the GhettOut game as the most creative use of technology for the benefit of society. The GhettOut computer game simulates the environment of a social ghetto where people live without regular employment in wide family networks and in the clutches of petty crime. Through this attractive computer game, children can see which life strategies will lead them to achieving the life goals of their dreams and which contrarily lead to a spiral of debt and criminality.

The GhettOut computer game, produced by Tady a teď (Here and Now) in cooperation with the Vodafone foundation, helps children in a Karlovy Vary foster home prepare for successful integration into society. The main objective of this game is to teach children to distinguish between successful and unsuccessful life strategies in an entertaining form. The Donors’ Forum awarded the GhettOut game as the most creative use of technology for the benefit of society.

The GhettOut computer game simulates the environment of a social ghetto where people live without regular employment in wide family networks and in the clutches of petty crime. Through this attractive computer game, children can see which life strategies will lead them to achieving the life goals of their dreams and which contrarily lead to a spiral of debt and criminality.

“Children who grow up in foster homes are strongly threatened by future social exclusion. That is why we decided to support Tady a teď in the development of a computer game that can help these children become members of mainstream society,” says Robert Basch, Executive Director of the Vodafone Foundation Czech republic. The Tady a teď association accompanies a group of social workers to individual facilities where they play the game together with the children, discuss developments in the game, and teach the children how to resolve various life situations. Children in Sušice, Plzeň, and Karlovy Vary have thus far played GhettOut in this fashion. In the future, Tady a teď plan to visit facilities in Cheb and Mariánské lázně.

The game can be downloaded for free at www.ghettout.cz and also serves to make mainstream society aware of the fact that escaping the environment of a ghetto is more complicated than it seems. Renowned hip hop act Bow Wave performs the music for the game.

For GhettOut the Vodafone Foundation won a special award for creative use of technology for the benefit of society in the TOP Corporate Philanthropists 2008 survey, presented by the Donors’ Forum.