French-speaking Switzerland is the gaming stronghold in Switzerland and home to many internationally renowned gamers. And more than 70% of young people in Switzerland now play games regularly. As with any digital medium, it is important that they learn how to use them correctly. As part of its commitment to media skills, Swisscom has been supporting schools with its free, digital teaching resource “Gaming and E-Sports” since 2021. The teaching aid was only offered in German when it was first launched, but it is now also available in French. It enables teachers to offer students in classes 7-9 a new and attractive elective subject. The teaching material is divided into 30 lessons and imparts sound basic knowledge on the meaning and mechanics of games. It also covers business models in the sector and raises student awareness of their own gaming behaviour. Swisscom is offering introductory workshops for teachers to enable them to familiarise themselves with the teaching unit – and then go on to teach the subject independently.
Since its launch in German-speaking Switzerland in February 2021, over 180 teachers have registered online for the teaching aid and the elective subject is already being taught at numerous schools. “For us, there was never any question about adapting the resource for French-speaking Switzerland. That area in particular contributes a great deal to Switzerland's gaming map,” says Noëlle Schläfli, project manager for the elective at Swisscom.
“Games often lead to tensions in families. That’s why we’ve put together a guide for parents with tips and further information,” adds Michael In Albon, Swisscom’s Youth Media Protection Officer.