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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 23:15

Ship Shooting Game

A special session was organized by the Psychology Department of a university to have student come in monthly to train the children of OBV on general life skills. This month, the topic was the responsibility and resolution of conflicts.

The training starting with a game of Ship Shooting. The children were divided in 3 groups, each group being in charge of a ship. When shooting at another ship, the whole crew had to yell out a phrase, such as 'Aim, Fire, Boom!' along with the name of the other ship. 

It started off very confusing, with the young sailors accidentally shooting at themselves, or saying their phrase in the wrong order, or calling the name of the wrong ship. 

The objective of the game was to help them understand that a simple mistake made by one person could negatively affect the whole crew. Each person was therefore responsible for her own part, but know that her part played a role in the crew. It was a new approach at learning to support each other to meet a common goal.

The next game was to work together at tearing paper as per instructions giving. For example, one piece maybe be torn into one shape with 9 holes, another might be a different shape with only 2 holes. This game taught the girls that the general objective was the same, but each specific instruction meant a different solution had to be found. In order to resolve conflicts, they needed to learn to look at the problem from different angles.

Although short, the training course gave the children many interesting and different perspectives about taking responsibility and how to resolve conflicts. These things would help them support each other better, to love and understand each other, to continue living together as a family under OBV's roof.

January 7th , 2018

OBV Vietnam

Translated by Jacqueline Huynh and Mr. Phung.   The original version in Vietnamese entitled "Trò Chơi Bắn Tàu"

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