Games from Around the World (GAW) is a special project at UID. It takes place once every quarter, each time, we introduce new traditional and international games and sports. It is a family-friendly event, open to all ages, from babies to the elderly, because playing games and sports just got funkier!
The focus of this sports event is to connect people of different backgrounds together, to play games that are widely played across all continents of the world. This includes Hop Scotch, Football, volleyball, Sack race, Table tennis, Basketball, Sjoelbak, spijkerpoepen, koekhapen, dodgeball, Pickup ball race and more! Reminding everyone of the great times they had playing such games in the past, and how these good memories can be carried along to this new community where we find ourselves.
This is one way to help foreigners, including refugees, to increase contact with the rest of the community. Secondly, language will not be a barrier in this case, as many sports and games can be played by people who speak different languages and who cannot often understand themselves through words. Playing traditional and international sports and games will therefore be a new way to discover where cultures meet and where they uniquely differ.
More importantly, we hope to use this as a way to assist refugees, (especially children) who are finding it difficult to adjust to their new society, to better integrate by playing common games with others from different backgrounds, and at the same time holding on to important aspects of their cultures, which form part of their identity, while integrating into the Dutch society.