Red Cross Youth Gamifies First Aid Advocacy

Youths design innovative first aid game booths at National First Aid Competition 2014

Instead of holding the usual awareness talks and road shows to raise public awareness in first aid, Red Cross Youths have breathed new life into the age-old subject through gamification. Student-led teams from over 30 secondary schools have submitted designs of game booths that promote first aid to the community, vying to win the annual National First Aid Competition (NFAC).

Of these, eight shortlisted teams showcased their creative and innovative game booths at the finals on Saturday, 15 March 2014. The public was welcome to join the free event, to learn first aid through the youths’ adaptations of classic card and board games as well as fun physical activities.

Organised by the Singapore Red Cross Youth, this year’s NFAC is themed “Everyone a first aider”, to champion first aid as fundamental and universal. The competition was open to Red Cross Youths from primary (links) and secondary (cadets) schools. Both primary and secondary school teams were assessed on their first aid proficiency through scenario management (management category). Secondary school teams were tasked with an additional challenge of building a game booth that resonates with the theme (awareness category).

Every year 1,400 people suffer from out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in Singapore but only 2.7 per cent survive. Not only does the competition help raise awareness of the importance and relevance of first aid, it also provides a platform for youth advocacy, which is imperative in encouraging youths’ involvement in this lifesaving mission.

Winners (Finals)

Cadets: Awareness

  1. Singapore Chinese Girls’ School
  2. Serangoon Secondary School
  3. Cedar Girls’ Secondary School

Cadets: Management

  1. Crescent Girls’ School 
  2. Ang Mo Kio Secondary School
  3. Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary)

Links

  1. Coral Primary School
  2. Rivervale Primary School
  3. Chongfu Primary School

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