What can we learn about internationalism on a campsite in the middle of the forest in Finland?

Hello everyone, my name is Nazarena, along with Thélia I am an ESC volunteer at the Human Rights Café for Autumn Term 2021. About me, I am 24 years old, from the UK, I have finished my studies which were in the field of Humanitarianism, and I have worked in the USA and in France, and I volunteered in Kenya. I have a passion for youth work, the Sustainable Development Goals, and anything that makes the world a better place!

Sharing stories and games around the campfire.

I arrived here at IPC about a month ago, but for the last week I have been in rural Finland on an Erasmus activity to create a game about Climate Justice. A few months ago, I attended a training on Climate Justice and Gamification, and now this week was my opportunity to put my learning into practice and develop a game on this topic. It’s impossible for me to believe but in just a few days my team and I created a card game ‘Criserious: Climate Justice Is Not Fun’ which educates people in an amusing way on the most just solutions to the Climate Crisis. In the coming months, this game will be professionally produced by a game publishing company.

But why am I talking about creating games in Finland, aren’t I on a project at a Folk High School in Denmark? In fact, this activity taught me many things which I will bring back to IPC and the Human Rights Café, more than just a finished game for the students to play. I learned about non-formal learning, gamification in education, internationalism, and the link between climate justice and human rights.


We were 18 participants and four trainers/organisers, and we were all from, and living in, so many countries around the world (I think more than fifteen). I learned so many things about different countries, the work that people are doing around the world on Climate Justice, I left feeling inspired by the local and global actions these people are doing to make a difference. I felt like this activity was a microcosm of IPC and the global range of students, so it helped prepare me for when the Autumn Term students arrive🙂

Non-Formal Learning:

I suppose that IPC is in essence a non-formal learning educational institution, given that there are no exams here. So, having a grounding in non-formal learning is really important for understanding the nature of IPC and being able to extend that non-formal learning into the Human Rights Café. The activity taught me how to use stories, games, interactive activities, events and more to educate people. To implement these techniques will enable the HRC to be more than just a café but really a place to discover the world, its problems and their solutions.

Playing games to learn about gamification and non-formal learning 🤪

Gamification in Education:

Closely related to non-formal learning is that of gamification in education. Gamification is where elements from games are used in learning to make it more fun and to help concepts sink in better. For example, at the activity in Finland we participated in a task where we had to move ourselves, and items such as chairs and tokens, around the room to physically represent aspects of continents such as their population, GDP, historical carbon emissions and current carbon emissions, guessing as close to the real numbers as we could. This task utilised gamification techniques to help us understand the global situation better than just reading numbers from a table. That is the point behind creating my game on Climate Justice and will also be an essential tool in my toolbox this term at IPC.🙂

Climate Justice and Human Rights:

Finally, there is a reason why we talk about Climate Justice rather than climate change or anything else. To solve the Climate Crisis, there are many avenues we can take, but only those solutions which forefront the Human Rights of those who are most seriously affected should be used. Hence, Climate Justice can be seen as the Human Rights response to the Climate Crisis. I invite all of you to consider the justice, the human rights of those involved, whenever you think or hear about responses to the Climate Crisis. This knowledge and these considerations will certainly be something I will work to impart on the students this coming term.

Overall, I have learned so much this week which I am excited to bring back to the Human Rights Café when we open up in the coming weeks, and above all, I believe that IPC definitely needs a sauna! 😛