Boardgames in the News: Learning to Drive in Sierra Leone

In the UK, there are two significant hurdles to learning to drive:  the theory test and the practical examination.  In Sierra Leone, there is a third step, playing the board game.  The game is called The Driver’s Way and is a “Roll and Move” type game where players to roll traffic-light-themed dice and move model cars around a board.  The game aims to teach learners the rules of the road in a more entertaining way than standard textbooks.

The Driver's Way
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Sierra Leone is a country with limited infrastructure where road fatalities are high.  The creator of the game, police chief Morie Lenghor, said that ignorance of the highway code is the root cause of most crashes, and that “most drivers don’t even understand half the road signs”.  Learners are recommended to spend a few months practicing with the game, which costs less than £10 (although that doesn’t take into account differences in living costs and earning power).