El-Manseb, Educational Board Game

by Aleyeldin Baracat

During the last amendments of the Egyptian Constitution in 2019, there was a huge media coverage of the event. However, research revealed there is an accrued ignorance of the basic elements of the constitution, including basic political structures, history and evolution, among Egyptian citizens. The general public, especially the youth, know too little about their civil duties and guaranteed rights in the constitution. This problem has led Egyptian citizens to feel disconnected from their own constitution. In order to solve this issue, many questions arise such as how can we enhance political engagement through design?

For my graphic design graduation project, I designed an educational board game, El-Manseb, aiming to enhance political awareness and youth engagement in Egypt. From researching the evolution of the Egyptian Constitution from 1923 till 2014, to collaborating with political science professors and constitution experts as well as game designers, I created the game dynamics and content. The project was exhibited in Riseup 2019, the MENA region's largest innovation and entrepreneurship yearly summit.

ElManseb, which means the position in Arabic, is an educational game aiming to make the youth more politically engaged. This game represents the country on a macro scale, reflecting how its economy works and highlighting the conflict between an individual’s self-interest and the overall wellbeing of the population.

The game is set up such that each player learns collaborative work play through collectively managing resources with other players. In turn, every decision a player makes affects those shared resources, and consequently, the rest of the players.

The aim of the project is to introduce basic political, governance and constitutional elements to young adults in order to make them more politically engaged. The game is built on top of the constitution, as it teaches players how constitutional articles directly relate to our day-to-day lives....

Prize

Silver in Game Design for Social Change 2021, Student

Created by:

Lead Designer

Aleyeldin Baracat

University or Design School

American University in Cairo

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Credits

Individual Credits

Thesis Advisor: Ghalia El-Srakbi
Animator: Noura Rahman