The Co(X)ist project team demonstrating the use of the Co(X)ist application, Addis Ababa, December 2, 2023.
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Virtual Reality Game to Help Build Co(X)ist -ence among Students

A new Co(X)ist game developed by Google Developers Group Addis (GDG-Addis) seeks to promote cultural awareness and social tolerance among students in Ethiopia.

Launched on Dec 2, the Co(X)ist game experience includes wearing cultural clothes, visiting various places, sharing cultural meals, and enjoying traditional holiday celebrations.

The Co(X)ist team is composed of alumni of the October 2022 Tech Camp Addis, a U.S. government program “to combat mis- and dis-information.”

New ‘educational role-playing games’ like Co(X)ist, the US embassy in Addis Ababa says, “enable students to be immersed in the culture of different ethnic groups to explore their cultural similarities and differences.”

The Co(X)ist team will begin to conduct workshops for students and training for educators at universities across the country on how to use the game to build cultural awareness and tolerance, the embassy said.