[Turkey] Digital games help refugee children with mental health, education, research says

07 Jun 2017
Daily Sabah

According to a newly published article by Daily Sabah, digital games may possibly equip refugee children with imperative interpersonal and mental capacities. These observations stem from the findings of Bahcesehir University of Turkey, New York University, and City University, which is also located in New York.

On Tuesday, BAU International University in Washington D.C. hosted a presentation, which contained relevant information underlining the utilization of digital games to better the psychological and educational needs of refugee children. 

A research unit formulated through a Bahcesehir-New York University joint effort, discovered that a significant number of Syrian refugee children were not studying in Turkey due to language obstacles, while nearly half of these children were suffering from depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

This research seeks to support the objectives of Project Hope, which is a task seeking to oversee the provision of digital game-based education opportunities to Syrian refugee children in order to better their Turkish language skills and psychological needs.

The 147 Syrian refugee youth residing in Sanhurfa, which is located in the Southeastern portion of the country, and who are between the ages of 9 to 14, had tested the prescribed methods of the project over the span of four weeks. According to researchers, findings were promising, as research indicated that the language skills of the participants had slightly increased. 

Other digital games, such as "Mine Craft", allow refugee children to craft an online reality, ultimately allowing these children to retain some of the feelings of empowerment and credibility the had lost through their struggles. 

This project is funded by: