H4C hosts educational and challenging games sessions
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.
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