UNIK 9 - NEW ESCAPE ROOM IN KOŠICE

Can you break out of the circle of generational poverty?

Generational poverty affects thousands of people in Slovakia.

Imagine you are born into a family that survives from one  monthly social benefit to another, you have no role models from whom you could learn required social skills, you live in a crowded flat with zero privacy and when it rains, you can’t even come to the school because you have no spare dry shoes. Your parents and grandparents all lived in the very same poverty.

Contrary to situational poverty (for example if you lose a job), in generational poverty, you lack knowledge, skills and network that would help you out of such a situation. Experience shows that in fact, only one out of ten people succeeds in this.

In Slovakia, this situation affects mostly people from the disadvantaged environment.

Escape Room - Unik 9

In cooperation with our partners, we have prepared an educational escape room. You will find yourself in a recreated environment of generational poverty. Your task is to break free of it and improve your life situation.

A group of players are locked in a trailer in which they have to solve various puzzles inspired by real life. After solving all of the tasks, the players receive a key with which they can secure a way out, thus metaphorically escaping the circle of generational poverty.

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Free admision

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Game for 2-3 players

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Time limit 70 min

Help us in our fight against generational poverty

Instantaneous resolutions do not work. The key to improvement is long-term cooperation with people living in generational poverty. To gradually build a mutual relationship where individuals or families have the will to change their situation and, with support in the required areas, increase their qualification, look for employment and housing, improve financial literacy and healthcare and step by step secure dignified life conditions for themselves and their family.

Frequently asked questions

We often encounter the question of why people born into (generational) poverty do not simply find work and integrate into society. Of course, the decision and the will to have a dignified life for oneself and one’s family are necessary. However, the challenges in our escape game illustrate that the path to change is much more complicated than it might seem at a first glance. The idea of the game is based on training Bridges from Poverty.

In the escape game, a group of players is locked in the trailer and need to break out. To obtain the key they have to solve a series of challenges on their way out.

The name is a word puzzle inspired by the name of the well-known Košice housing district Luník IX, where this escape game was created. Translated to English “únik” means to escape. However, the staged challenges that are at the core of the game do not represent the District specifically. The challenges of life in generational poverty are very similar  in many other locations in Slovakia and around the world.

The idea originated at Hackaton in Bratislava, as a result of cooperation between ETP Slovakia and the advertising agency Diorama.

This project has been funded with support from the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund under the Human Resources Operational Program and other partners (see logos below). The escape game was developed by a creative team: Igor Kupec, author of the concept and challenges; Martina Koptová as a consultant; Samuel Velebný, author of the visual/exterior paintings; young people from Luník IX decorated the interior of the game and ETP staff were involved throughout the process.

This project has been funded with support from the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund under the Human Resources Operational Program and other partners (see logos below). The escape game was developed by a creative team: Igor Kupec, author of the concept and challenges; Martina Koptová as a consultant; Samuel Velebný, author of the visual/exterior paintings; young people from Luník IX decorated the interior of the game and ETP staff were involved throughout the process.

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