About Fair Play
In this educational game six young football talents are scouted for a football academy in Rio. The players have to deal with a few nasty situations related to discrimination, prejudices and group pressure, as well as to come to terms with their own prejudices. They choose one of the three roles: perpetrator, bystander and helper. At the end, the group decides on who gets to be captain.
What do you do if a teammate discriminates someone?
The game challenges the players to consciously think about their own actions. During crucial moments the players are asked to make a judgment call on certain dilemmas. They need to make a choice from a limited number of possibilities. Their choices influence the responses of the other team players, and consequently, the way the story develops.
Fair Play in the Classroom
In school you can use Fair Play as a part of your lessons, for example in Civic Education or Physical Education. The best way to address prejudices and discrimination among students is to ask the questions after they have played the game.
The goal of the conversation
The goal of the conversation is to enable the students to reflect on situations where exclusion and discrimination play a role in their own lives.
There are four moments during the game where the players need to indicate who should be captain. At the start of the game this choice is made on the basis of their first impression. During the game the players get to know more about their team mates and they can change their preference on the basis of what happens and how the characters respond.
At the end of the game the players are confronted with the choices that they previously made. The other characters are interviewed and through their testimonials the player of the game discovers how their choices have impacted those characters. Do certain things happen more often? How did that feel? What could the players have done differently?