Educators Without Borders International took part in a virtual workshop on electronic game addiction and its impact on academic achievement and social interaction, on the sidelines of the Fifth Addiction Challenges Conference, held by the National Pete Makley Organization in Khartoum, Republic of Sudan, on Saturday 12 November 2022.
The workshop was conducted by Dr Enas Abulibdeh, who holds PhD in education technology and is a volunteer at EWBI. The workshop focused on the importance of electronic games, as they develop communication and various mental, motor and social skills, and relieve stress and psychological pressures among children and teenagers.
It also highlighted the possibility of electronic games becoming an addiction, which harms educational attainment and causes lethargy and laziness during the school day, lack of activity and distraction, and leads to the replacement of teaching and learning activities with electronic games activities.
The workshop stressed the importance of finding alternatives to save adolescents, through practical projects and the use of games to explore their abilities, in addition to the need to provide psycho-social care, which ensures continued recovery from any type of addiction.