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Winners of 2020 Trócaire Game Changers Competition announced

Trócaire is delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Game Changers competition

Trócaire Game Changers is a competition for young people who want to change the world and believe games are a way to do this. The annual game changers competition uses games as a way to highlight three themes: Climate Justice, Human Rights or the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Due to Covid-19, this year’s Game Changers 2020 was changed to a Home Challenge Competition. However, this did not stop the resourcefulness, ingenuity and creativity of all our entries.  Our Home Challenge saw original board games, card games and online games submitted from all ages of young people from all over Ireland.

Given that this has been such a difficult year, we have been delighted with the quality and volume of entries. Young people all over Ireland submitted amazing games, the competition judges were extremely impressed with the creativity and high standard of these entries which included board games, digital games and card games.

The winners are across five categories:

  • Youth,
  • Junior (Group),
  • Junior (Individual),
  • Senior (Group),
  • Senior (Individual).

Youth Category Winners

Youth Project: Foróige, Ballybane, Co.Galway

Participants: DJ McDonagh, Dylan Ward, Patrick Donovan, Jonathan McDonagh, PJ Monagan, Patrick Ward.

Game Title: Climate Justice: The Game

Geographic Area:  Galway

The Foróige Ballybane gaming group decided that they would like to enter the Game Changers competition again in 2020 with a new game as they found the competition a fun way to learn about educational development.

The young people chose to research the topic Climate Justice, through self-directed learning and compiled all the information which they gathered about the topic, to develop a fun and educational board game.

The board game called Climate Justice: The Game, allows its players to become more informed about some of the causes and effects of climate change as well as preventative measures which us humans can take to slow down global warming.

Junior Group Category Winners

Participants: Anna Murphy and Laura Kelleher

Game Title: Fish Away

Geographic Area: Goatstown, Dublin 14.

‘Fish Away’ is a board game that was developed in the back gardens of two neighbours, Laura and Anna. The game focuses on Sustainable Developmental Goal (SDG) number 14 – Life Below Water. Players have to move their way around the board, taking small actions to clean up the plastic in the ocean to make it safer and healthier for fish to live in.

‘Fish Away’ is a board game that was developed in the back gardens of two neighbours, Laura and Anna. The game focuses on Sustainable Developmental Goal (SDG) number 14 – Life Below Water. Players have to move their way around the board, taking small actions to clean up the plastic in the ocean to make it safer and healthier for fish to live in.

Junior Individual Category Winner

Participant: Samual Quinn O’Flaherty

Game Title: PlanetSaver

Geographic Area: Knocklyon, Dublin 16

Samual created a digital game focusing on climate justice. The main aim of the game is to make it to the Dáil to convince the Taoiseach to make Ireland an environmentally friendly ‘Green’ country. This digital game was produced using Scratch.

Samual created a digital game focusing on climate justice. The main aim of the game is to make it to the Dáil to convince the Taoiseach to make Ireland an environmentally friendly ‘Green’ country. This digital game was produced using Scratch.

Senior Category Winners

Participants: Rachel Cunniffe, Emily Kenna, Lucy Mc Partlan, Laura Kenna, Eve Smyth and Ella Wilkinson
Game Title: Climopoly

Geographic Area: Galway City and surrounds

Following the rules of traditional Monopoly the aim of Climopoly is to earn as many carbon credits as possible.

Participants learn about the causes and impacts of climate change, which is SDG number 13 – Climate Action. They learn how to be a Climate Activist, the value of climate change education, and the work of Trócaire.

Senior Individual Category Winner

Participant: Micheal O’Shea

Game Title: Climate Conquest

Geographic Area: Tralee, Co. Kerry

Climate Conquest is a board game primarily focused on educating young people about climate change. By playing Climate Conquest, players will have a better understanding of how to change habits and everyday practices for the wellbeing of themselves and everybody in society.

The board game aims to educate on the topic of climate change and actions to take to limit your carbon footprint. The game promotes an interactive and innovative approach to learning centred on a subject which is topical. This board game is created not only to develop knowledge but also to inspire players to act.

Game Changers 2021

The Trócaire Game Changers competition for 2021 will be a fully online programme.  The focus theme for next year’s game entries are any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The closing date for entries is the 1st April 2021.

For more detailed information visit our Game Changers page here

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