Edu Game co-founded by Tutaleni Ilonga and Vaughan Weiss offers game development and gamification courses to school students with the aim of children creating games that solve issues around them.
Vaughan Weiss says, “When it comes to the gamification tutorials it is more based on us seeing the students failing and them struggling in school and being a product of the education system we understand that sometimes the focus of the education system doesn’t reach out to everybody and their creative side. A lot of times the creative side doesn’t get to develop because it is usually seen as a side that doesn’t make money.
So it presents an opportunity where we can build the game industry and we can put Namibia on the Map for having this and being able to showcase that we actually have a lot of creatives here that can show the world what Namibia is made of. The motivation is the passion but of course, at the end of the day, we also need to pay people and get paid for it. That is basically something that goes hand in hand with it.”
Tutaleni Ilonga game designer, content creator, project manager and founder of TL Studios Entertainment. He is also a Co-Founder of Game Jam Africa a platform designed to help foster game development in Africa. He is the first Namibian game developer to ever host a GGJ and Game Jam Plus event in Namibia.
The 3-month long course will include an introduction to game development, 2D and 3D modelling for gaming scenes, project management to manage and sell your own game and an introduction to programming.
The 10-16-year-old students will have the opportunity to come up with a concept or prototype that solves a problem around them. They’ll get to exhibit their ideas to the public and gain firsthand experience of what goes into starting a career in game development.
The course is scheduled to start in early May. The classes will be held in The Village, Cnr Liliencron Street & Robert Mugabe Avenue, Windhoek, Namibia.