Play Our Keys and Locks Game

Got 5 minutes? Play our Keys and Locks education game.

A quality education is the key to unlocking a child’s potential. It should never be a game of chance. But for millions of children currently locked out of school, education is like the roll of a dice.

In a twist on the classic children’s game Snakes & Ladders, Theirworld has created a Keys and Locks game to explore some of the opportunities and barriers faced by children around the world when it comes to getting a quality education. What happens if you’re one of the lucky ones, and what happens if you’re locked out and sent back to square one?

Play the game

Support for educators

We’ve put together some resources for ages 7-14 to help educators make the most of the Keys and Locks game with your learners.

  • A slideshow with useful background information and a quick activity to get learners thinking about education barriers and solutions. 

  • Instructions and a printable board for playing the game offline. 


Download the slideshow

Download here

1.32 MB powerpoint


Download the game instructions

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37.2 KB pdf


Download a printable version of the game board

Download here

62.81 KB pdf

Education should never be a game of chance

Education is facing even greater challenges because of Covid-19. If we’re going to deliver the Global Goals in 10 years’ time, then world leaders need to make decisions right now that are going to make a real difference and make sure that education isn’t a game of chance. 

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