New games app brings Colombian indigenous knowledge to kids

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Colombia’s indigenous heritage is key to its history and identity and schoolchildren will now have the chance to learn about […]

Colombia’s indigenous heritage is key to its history and identity and schoolchildren will now have the chance to learn about it for free, thanks to four fun new video game applications. But what are the Saber Ancestral Indigena games all about?

Saber Ancestral Indigena

Saber Ancestral Indigena or SAI is a series of four beautifully designed children’s games that can be downloaded onto various electronic devices. These colorful games teach children about indigenous mythology, such as oral traditions, the role of animals and the origins of fire and water in their beliefs. And they are thorough too, covering 17 of Colombia’s indigenous groups including the Kogi, Embera, Sikuani, Curripaco, Wayúu, Huitoto, Misak and Kuna. The games teach children to identify the clothes, tools and musical instruments unique to each group and, in one game, children hunt for hidden artifacts then learn about their original uses.

Who?

The games were the brainchild of the SURA group who believed children in Colombia needed a fun, interactive way to learn about and understand indigenous culture and beliefs. The games were developed by mobile game developers Colombia Games and are aimed at children aged up to 15 years-old. They are the result of years of planning and research by sociologists, anthropologists and video game designers.

Why?

The games are designed to be fun and enjoyable, besides helping Colombian children learn about their culture and ancestry. They can be played alongside teachers and parents too. SURA’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Fernando Ojala, said the games were key to ensuring Colombia is a “truly inclusive” country where children understand the culture all around them.

Where?

The games are called SAI Cuentos Magicos de los Ancestros (1 and 2) SAI Actividades Infantiles and SAI Objetos Escondidos. They are free and can be downloaded through the Apple Store and Google Play. They are available on both iOS and Android.

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