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Giving rice for free!
an article by Kyle Dawson

The amount of educational information that is freely available on the internet is amazing. Many websites even manage to put this information in the form of games that make learning more interesting and fun. One such game is Freerice.



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Created by John Breen in 2007, Freerice offers something that other games do not. After choosing from a variety of subjects, ranging from language, math, sciences, geography, humanities and more, users from all over the world simply answer multiple choice questions and try to get as many correct answers as they can.

The thing that makes Freerice unique is that for each question that is correctly answered, 10 grains of rice are donated to the World Food Programme, which is made possible by advertising banners on the site. The World Food Programme then distributes this rice to people all over the world suffering from hunger. Common recipients of the donated rice are the people of Bangladesh, Cambodia, Bhutan, Uganda, and Nepal.

10 grains per answer may not sound like much, but when you consider that thousands of people play the game every day, the amount donated really starts to add up. In fact, within the first ten months, users helped donate over 42 billion grains of rice to people in need. According to the World Food Programme, that was enough food to feed 50,000 people for one day. The number of grains donated per month has decreased since the website;s inception, but it is still going strong. In 2008, enough rice was donated to feed 6000 people for a whole year.

The ability to learn a variety of new things while also helping feed hungry people at the same time has made Freerice truly revolutionary. If things continue as they are, this game will continue to make great contributions for many years to come. Hopefully it will also inspire others to come up with new, creative ideas that can be used to benefit mankind.

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Video and Internet Games, that teach the principles of a culture of peace

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CPNN has received the following request for a review of the Force More Powerful Computer game :

Sujet : [psysr-pe-announce] A Force More Powerful - Computer game
Date : 3/3/06 7:49:38 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: llnelson@calpoly.edu (Linden Nelson)
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This looks good. I have ordered it, but have not yet received it. The resources on their web site would also probably be useful in teaching about nonviolence. If anyone has experienced this game and is willing to share a short review with this listserv, please let me know.

-Linden Nelson <llnelson@calpoly.edu>


This report was posted on October 6, 2013.