H4C hosts ed­u­ca­tional and chal­leng­ing games ses­sions

Cyprus Today - - LEISURE - By ANNE CANALP

BOARD games make a come­back in the cap­i­tal to­day and ev­ery Sat­ur­day un­til Jan­uary 5 with free ses­sions of new, ed­u­ca­tional and chal­leng­ing games for chil­dren and adults at the buf­fer zone Home for Co­op­er­a­tion. Imag­i­na­tion Gam­ing Cyprus is a new ven­ture by An­to­nis Mechanikos, who teamed up with UK-based Imag­i­na­tion Gam­ing owner Nigel Scarfe to in­tro­duce new and smarter board games for all ages.

Mr Mechanikos said: “Thou­sands of new games come out ev­ery year which are re­ally cool and im­prove chil­dren’s skills, teach maths and prob­lem solv­ing and also how to co­op­er­ate, re­spect and learn to win or lose in the right way.

“It also gets them away from smart­phones and tablets for a while.”

A mem­ber of the Cyprus Boardgamers group, he met Mr Scarfe, who runs a board games pro­gramme in English schools, at the UK Games Expo.

“Be­fore I knew it, I was teach­ing in UK el­e­men­tary schools as part of my train­ing. The classes were quiet, the stu­dents ex­cited and keen to par­tic­i­pate and I saw the power of board games on kids with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and the con­fi­dence it gave them,” he ex­plained, adding: “We are al­ready work­ing with mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and clubs and help­ing kids who are hy­per­ac­tive or have at­ten­tion deficit dis­or­der or Asperger’s Syn­drome.”

Ses­sions run from 10.30am-12.30pm in English, Greek and Turk­ish and a valid ID or pass­port is re­quired to ac­cess the buf­fer zone via the Le­dra Palace check­point.

Paul Jones will be star­ring in the ti­tle role of Ebenezer Scrooge

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