Questions about democracy in Thailand have been hitting the headlines recently.Learning World explores how one project aims to help students understand governance.
The game is called “Sim Democracy”
In the game, the board represents a country and is divided into four sectors – hospitals, schools, forests and police stations, which represent public health, education, environment and security. To start the game, each of four teams runs a brief election campaign to decide who will govern.
“Sim Democracy” continuously receives interest from educators in the region. It is now adapted for universities in Malaysia and South Asia.
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