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Effective cooperation may be crucial for peacekeepers working in EU missions, but it isn’t always easy. The diverse cultures and genders of police, military and civilian personnel and the different organisations they come from often make effective communication and coordination a challenge. However, current training doesn’t devote enough resources to teaching critical soft skills.

Social skills training through gaming

The 2-D role-playing game is intended to provide necessary soft skills training to all personnel deployed in EU conflict prevention and peacebuilding missions such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Palestine. Through the software can receive instruction in communication cultural sensitivity and gender awareness. “We thought why not train peacekeepers in soft skills through a digital role-playing game because this allows them to practice and fail in a safe environment” says Trinity College Dublin associate professor Anne Holohan in a news item published in The Irish Times.

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