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The World in Jeopardy

Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation


The World in Jeopardy

In The World in Jeopardy, you represent a continent. Your goal is to achieve food security for your region to avoid your population starving. To achieve food security, you have to travel around to the other continents and collect the resources water, agriculture, infrastructure, education and health. During the game, you will have to answer different questions and use your knowledge to affect your opponents and the world distribution of the resources. To achieve food security you have to return to your continent of origin with at least one of each resource. The first to do so, wins.



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Learning Objectives

– knowledge of Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
– to understand the importance of clean water and sanitation
– to provide insight into global issues such as hunger, sustainable development and the role of the UN.

Behavioural competences

Protect clean water, the importance of sanitation


Threats to clean water

Lifelong learning key competences

Social and civic competencies
Mathematical competence and basic competences in science and technology


Rules of the game (“Print outs”)
Cards – questions (“Print outs”)
Resource cards (“Print outs”)
Continent cards (“Print outs”)
Game board (“Print outs”)
Find one die per group
Find one playing piece per participant


Read the rules – and print it for each group
Print the questions (cards)
Print the Game Board

1. Divide the question cards into five piles according to their category
2. Place the action-cards in one pile
3. Choose the game piece with the color that matches the region that you would like to represent.
4. Place your game piece on the starting position of the region you represent
5. Choose a player to manage the resource bank and hand out and collect resources

Useful videos to introduce the goal/theme:

YouTube videos

This video explains the science behind how a water pump works and why it is important to the lives of people in Bangladesh.

Drinking dirty water is the only solution for some children in Kenya. Installing a solar powered water pump changes their lives.

Low cost solutions to sanitation in Zimbabwe are shown in detail

Case study of a woman who uses the new water system in Nepal and how it has benefited her.

In this video, originally made for Comic Relief, Ant and Dec see the reality of poor sanitation in Kenyan slums.


A Player’s Turn
All players start on the marked starting position of their region. To determine who starts, roll the die; the player who rolls the highest number starts. The players then take turns, and the turns move clockwise. When you have rolled the die, you move your game piece the same amount of spaces as the die shows. You can move your game piece in any direction, but you cannot move it back the same way you came in one round.

Collecting Resources
You win resources by correctly answering the questions on the question cards, or solving the dilemmas on the action-cards. You will need to go to every continent to collect resources. On your continent card, you can see what resources to gather where. It is up to you to decide the order in which you gather the different resources. You can have more than one of a resource, but you cannot trade or sell resources unless your action-card allows you to do so.

If you land on a question space, you will have to answer a question. The question is read aloud by the player on your right. If you get the correct answer, you win a resource of the same category as your question. If you are in your own world-region, it is up to you what category you want a question in; if you get the right answer, you will not get the resource but another turn. When you get to the other continents, you can check your resource-card to see what from category to get a question.

If you land on an action space, you draw an action-card and read it aloud yourself. An action-card can affect one player, a group of players or all players. Action-cards can both make it so player gains or loses resources. However, you cannot lose resources you do not have.

If you land on an airport-space, you can choose to fly to another airport when it is your turn. The price of this trip is a either a resource or a plane ticket (which you can receive in an action-card). You can fly to any airport of your choosing. The plane ride counts as a turn in itself. You must pay for your plane ride before flying by handing in a plane ticket or resource card to the resource bank.


Complete the reflection work sheet connected to Goal no. 6
The first part of the work sheet is to be completed before class, but the remaining parts are to be used for summing up and evaluating the theme in class.

Follow up suggestions

Follow up with a class discussion in the class room:

– Why is clean water important?
– What factors threaten the clean water supply?
– Which different challenges are there in the different parts of the world?
– What can you your-self do in order to save water and protect natural water supply?
– What can you do to expand the knowledge of good practices and behavior regarding protecting the water?

Ideas for Actions

”Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth and while soaping in the shower”, Conserve, conserve, conserve. When e.g. ice-cubes are left over from a drink, don’t throw them away. Put them into plants”. Find more ideas for actions in the: “170 good ideas for daily actions to transform our world” here: http://www.youneedtoknow.ch/

Further information

About the SDGs

Print Outs

World in Jeopardy Rules and Game Board

World in Jeopardy Printable Cards