Simulation Game
05.05.2024

CRISP Engages Kuwaiti Students in Climate Resilience Simulation Game

In a collaborative effort between the American University in Kuwait (AUK), the European Union Delegation to Kuwait, and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), CRISP had the privilege of facilitating a dynamic two-day simulation game focused on sustainability and climate change.

Held on the AUK campus, this initiative aimed to cultivate a deeper understanding of climate resilience policies among AUK students while fostering critical thinking and collaboration.

The simulation game “Rashad - Climate Resilience Plan” is set around a conference on sustainability issues and the development of an innovative and comprehensive Climate Resilience Plan. The game is set in a fictional country and addresses the intersection between climate change, local initiatives, and national policies regarding key topics like food, energy, water, community, health, and economy between youth, civil society organizations, and government representatives. During the Climate Conference, participants work in committees to formulate comprehensive policies that address the current environmental issues and gaps in Rashad. Through interactive discussions and scenario-based exercises, participants honed their negotiation and presentation skills while exploring solutions to pressing environmental challenges.

Reflecting on the event, Dr. Rawda Awwad, President of AUK, emphasized the transformative nature of experiential learning, stating, "This simulation game transcends boundaries, redefining the essence of traditional education. It empowers our students to think globally and act globally, fostering a culture of innovation and cooperation."

H.E. Anne Koistinen, European Union Ambassador to Kuwait, underscored the importance of youth engagement in addressing climate change, noting, "Youth participation is essential in tackling the greatest challenges of our time. The European Union remains committed to fostering collaboration with Kuwaiti stakeholders to address climate change and sustainability."

Philipp Dienstbier, Director of the Regional Programme Gulf at KAS, highlighted the urgent need to empower the next generation on climate issues, stating, "Projects like this simulation game allow us to engage and strengthen the involvement of young people in climate affairs, ensuring a sustainable future for the Gulf region."

Through collaborative efforts and innovative approaches to education, initiatives like the simulation game serve as catalysts for empowering youth and fostering a culture of sustainability and resilience in Kuwait and beyond.