Creating a more accepting world.
Discrimination is often a result of ignorance. It is easy to label someone as an outsider when you know nothing about someone. People default to stereotypes and characteristics they associate with certain groups as that is the only information they have to base their judgement off of. Children are especially susceptible as they are the point in life where their beliefs are being formed.
According to the Pew Research Center:
In 2017, harassment against religious groups – either by governments or individuals and groups in society – was reported in 187 countries by this study’s sources... This figure remained the same from the previous year, matching the highest level since the study began in 2007.
Enlighten's goal is to tackle this issue through religious education. Teaching children about religion can often be boring and just a statement of facts about a religion. It doesn't lead to true understanding nor a good idea of how religions interact with the real world.
In order to combat this, Enlighten would like to create a series of episodic games in which players can move through engaging gameplay that is both educational and entertaining. It would give students the balance of learning about a religion without feeling like they are being preached to. Such a video game would humanize religions more-so than simple class discussions.
For example, students could play through a retelling of the Ramayana, a Hindu epic that would go through traditional Hindi values.
The Ramayana is an ancient Sanskrit epic which follows Prince Rama's quest to rescue his beloved wife Sita from the clutches of Ravana with the help of an army of monkeys.
To create the works we would collaborate with both scholars and individuals of that religion to accurately represent the religion.
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