Every day, millions of young people in every country and territory worldwide use Minecraft as a platform to connect, solve problems together and explore their creativity in all sorts of ways.  Players can truly build whatever they imagine in Minecraft, and now, this extends to their visions for world peace.

Microsoft launched an immersive Minecraft learning experience this month at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway. The “Active Citizen” project educates young people about the Nobel Peace Prize laureates past and present and fosters an understanding of the skills needed to drive positive change. “Active Citizen” is now available for millions of learners worldwide in Minecraft: Education Edition, a special version of Minecraft designed for use in educational settings. The game includes accompanying resources on the web for classroom use, including lesson plans and teacher discussion guides designed for students aged 8-16.

When players enter the “Active Citizen” Minecraft world, they are transported to the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, where they meet Alfred Nobel, who left most of his fortune to establish the Nobel Prize. ​Players then meet four Nobel Peace Prize laureates – Malala Yousafzai, Wangari Maathai, Fridtjof Nansen, and the 14th Dalai Lama – to learn about their stories and help them overcome challenges as they build peace in their local communities.

The game experience concludes by calling on players to identify a local cause meaningful to them and create a unique Minecraft build representing their peace vision. The Nobel Peace Center will curate a museum exhibition of “Active Citizen” designs featuring contributions from players worldwide.

BE a PART of the CHANGE – Join NCCE in April for Active Citizen Live Lessons

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Noreen Dooley, NCCE Coordinator for Professional Learning

 NCCE invites you and your class to join us for a 60-minute Active Citizen Live Lesson for your classroom. The live lesson is for students aged 11-16.

April 7, 2022 

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April 19, 2022 

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 The “Active Citizen” game and accompanying lesson plans are available for all users of Minecraft: Education Edition both in-game and on the Minecraft website.

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