From the Tax Education working line of the Public Finance area, EUROsociAL, a programme coordinated by the FIIAPP and financed by the European Commission, is supporting the Uruguayan Directorate-General of Taxes (DGI) in the creation of a multimedia civic-tax education production. The production, a videogame, is aimed at high school students for use in the Ceibal Plan, an initiative to promote digital engagement of citizens and provide more and better access to education and culture.
Un grupo de jóvenes en la presentación del concurso JUgaT.A group of young people at the presentation of the JUgaT contest.
The videogame will be used by 154,000 students each year in the Social and Civic Education and Citizen Education course, in which education on tax matters is mandatory. In addition, the products created in Uruguay will have a regional version and can be used in another 10 Latin American countries.
To promote the project, last Tuesday was the launch of “JUgaT”, an idea-generating contest which calls on fourth to sixth year students in public, private and Secondary and Vocational Education (UTU) high schools to submit proposals for videogames featuring the values of tax culture and civic culture. The winner will be awarded the opportunity to develop his or her project, participating in all stages of the multimedia production.
The country’s top education and tax administration officials, including the President of the Central Management Council of the National Public Education Administration, Wilson Netto, and the head of the Uruguayan Directorate-General of Taxes (DGI), Pablo Ferreri, participated in the launch.
This project seeks to involve young people in Uruguay’s tax processes through the use of computers, design and technology. Expanding knowledge of tax policies, regulations, methods of collection and how this money is distributed is the objective of this initiative supported by EUROsociAL.