Global Education Podcast: Handwashing with Ananse in Ghana

Welcome to the third episode of our podcast series covering the Engagement Lab, an applied research facility at Emerson College focusing on the development and study of games, technology, and new media to enhance civic life.

The Engagement Lab often produces digital games to promote learning, but occasionally the instructional games are tailored to fit developing countries. One such game is Handwashing with Ananse, a game taught to children in Ghana to encourage hygiene and prevent disease.

To learn more about this global education initiative, we interviewed Wade Kimbrough, a game designer, researcher, and project manager at the Engagement Lab. Listen to our latest podcast to hear what he had to say about the project in Ghana.

About Handwashing with Ananse

Created in collaboration with UNICEF Ghana and the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Center, Handwashing with Ananse uses traditional storytelling, song, dance, and play to engage children in learning about health in Ghana. The stories surround Ananse, the well-known Ghanian folk character, in order to create memorable and approachable lessons to teach the students how, why, and when to wash their hands in order to prevent the spread of disease.

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About Wade Kimbrough

Wade Kimbrough is a game designer, researcher, and project manager at the Engagement Lab. As the lead on “Handwashing with Ananse,” Wade traveled to Ghana to teach the game. In addition to this project with the Red Cross, Kimbrough has worked on games for UNICEF, PLAN International, and the World Bank, to name a few. Wade also teaches 3D computer game design at Emerson.

More podcasts about innovations at the Engagement Lab:

EdTech Innovations Podcast: Interview with Eric Gordon at the Engagement Lab
EdTech Innovations Podcast: Community PlanIt

Hannah Nyren

Hannah Nyren

Hannah Nyren is the General Manager of EdTech Times. A Texan by birth but a Bostonian at heart, Hannah is an educational writer, AmeriCorps alum, and one-time StartupWeekend EDU (SWEDU) winning team member. She started her career at a Pearson-incubated edtech startup, but has since covered travel, food & culture, and even stonemasonry in addition to education.