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Global Goals: Dr. Scott Takes the 2030 SDGs Game to Cambodia

  • Asian Hope International School Phnom Penh

Leveraging interactive education, Dr. Scott Smith introduces the 2030 SDGs Game in Cambodia, sparking global awareness and actionable change among students.

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA – When Dr. Scott Smith, a faculty member at Assumption University Thailand, landed in Phnom Penh last week, he carried more than just a suitcase. He brought with him a transformative educational game, designed to introduce students to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The game in question is The 2030 SDGs Game, a multiplayer, in-person, card-based game that simulates taking the “real world” into the year 2030. It has been played by major global companies, government officials and industry leaders.

The game made its Cambodian debut at the Australian International School Phnom Penh (AISPP) for 120+ students in grades 6-12. “This is a step forward in creating globally aware citizens,” said Ross Ferris, AISPP’s Secondary Principal, commenting on the school’s distinction as the first in Cambodia to host the interactive game. “Students weren’t just playing — they were absorbing the complexities of real-world issues, from poverty to climate action.”, explained Dr. Scott, as he is called on campus.

Asian Hope International School was the next school to host the game. “The students were able to make meaningful connections with our Global Perspectives and Business Studies class,” said Ms. Charis Manatlao Genoguin, a Secondary Teacher at Asian Hope. “They went about their day with a refreshed mindset about how the world works and how their decisions can impact the progression of these goals.” Adding, “Dr. Scott helped motivate students to begin the change with their hearts. He facilitated the game well and explained every aspect in detail, which made the game run smoothly. The discussions in between were also meaningful as they helped students process the implications of the game.”

Dr. Scott’s impact resonated with students as well. “The SDGs experience was superb,” said Mr. Sothean, a student at Asian Hope. “Being able to experience this was a privilege, and I look forward to future changes in the world.”

Amid his teaching commitments, Dr. Scott also explored future collaborations. He engaged in preliminary discussions with faculty at Paragon International School, exploring the possibility of an international educational exchange program and hosting the 2030 SDGs Game at their institution.

In an era where change is the only constant, Dr. Scott’s initiative demonstrates how education can—and should—be a driving force for global betterment. What started as a game is now an awakening, sparking critical conversations and inspiring actionable change across international boundaries.

Dr. Scott’s initiative serves as a blueprint for how education can transcend national borders and become a force for global improvement. His journey offers valuable insights into the transformative power of cross-border educational initiatives, and sets the stage for Assumption University to continue leading the way in creating a more interconnected and sustainable future.

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