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Rhiwbeina pupil is a winner in design competition

A pupil from Rhiwbeina Primary School is among the winners in a competition giving children the chance to redesign an area of Cardiff by using the virtual game platform, Minecraft Education.

Benjamin Davis was one of the individual winners in ‘Craft Your City‘, which invited children and young people to help shape the future of the land behind the National Museum in the city centre.

Benjamin Davis’s competition entry

The Child Friendly Cardiff initiative launched by Cardiff Council in partnership with Cardiff University is the first of a series of projects which aim to engage children and young people in strategic developments by using the virtual game platform.

Winners were chosen by a judging panel of representatives from Cardiff University, Child Friendly Cardiff and a young person from the Child Friendly Cardiff Advisory Board. They were awarded for their creativity, innovativeness and technical ability. They will now have their ideas and themes taken forward and will influence the repurposing of the land.

Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry said: “The standard of entry was fantastic, I would like to congratulate the winners and I cannot wait to see how their ideas will be developed in real life.”

Cllr Merry added; “Unicef UK has recently recommended that the council submits for Child Friendly City recognition over the next few months, acknowledging the work we have already undertaken to involve children and young people in decision making.”

The digital approach was developed by Cardiff’s Education Service and Cardiff University School of Computer Science and Informatics.

Dr Catherine Teehan from Cardiff University School of Computer Science and Informatics said: “The talent of the entries blew my mind and the standard was so high that the decision was taken to award several winners in each category so that multiple ideas and themes can be developed.”

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