FIIAPP is the driving force behind a project to adapt two videogames to the real situation in seven Latin American countries in order to raise tax awareness.
Albert Einstein may have been exaggerating when he said that there was nothing in the world as difficult to understand as income tax, but it is clear that talking to youngsters about tax is a real challenge. To do this, in the framework of its tax education programmes, Latin American Ministries of Finance are providing some innovative, fun, educational tools through new technologies.
The EUROsociAL programme, with FIIAPP at the helm, has ‘done its bit’ to achieve this mission by successfully adapting two tax education multimedia programmes, “Memotest de bienes públicos y privados”and “Somos Equipo”for use in Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Bolivia, Uruguay and Honduras.
These educational materials are used to teach students values and basic aspects about State tax revenue and its relationship with public needs, functions and funding for health centres; respect for public affairs and the importance of accountability and control over public spending.
The videogames can be downloaded for classroom use or played online. There are two educational guides for teachers to use in class.
This initiative is part of the EUROsociAL II “Inclusive taxation systems” activity within the “Strengthening tax education programmes in Latin America”, which is coordinated by the FIIAPP and whose operative partner is the El Salvador Ministry of Finance and ESAF of Brazil.