Human Minds and Games as Learning


Paintball as Learning








Milites Dei takes theoretical learning such as Specialist Security Practices NQF Level 4, SAQA ID 57713 and adds survival and bush craft games to it. In this way students physically engage in nature as well as the challenges there within. The facilitators thereafter relate the theories and practical games back and forth. Concepts such as water procurement, building a shelter from bushes, packing sandbags, bush ovens, paintball gun games, obstacles, tracking, and hiking, etcetera are explored. This is very similar to learning through playing computer games.

On Minecraft’s Web Page ( the creators write ‘… is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things. It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It’s pretty…’

In Milites Dei’s Bush Camp Ego and on the Sanderson Farm it is pretty as well and the games engaged in facilitates learning. There are no monsters.

In a Stanford Report, March 1, 2013 by RF Mackay called “Playing to learn: Panelists at Stanford discussion say using games as an educational tool provides opportunities for deeper learning. Interaction and opportunities to make choices are among the virtues of the new generation of educational games, experts say.”  In the same article Mackay elaborates on the theories by James Gee, a professor of literacy studies at Arizona State University, who holds degrees in philosophy and linguistics from Stanford, Gee explains ‘… human minds are plug-and-play devices; they’re not meant to be used alone. They’re meant to be used in networks. Games allow us to do that – they allow us to use what Gee calls “collective intelligence” ‘. Available at

Education for Indigo Kids

Kids Today are Different…PMH ATWATER, LHD writes ‘…and they are driving their parents nuts, education has failed us,…’. Just in my circle of friends there are numerous children that did not complete high school. Yet, they are highly intelligent, internet savvy, experts in certain fields, excellent communicators and exhibit many talents.  In addition, they are not economically active and in most cases the parents still take care of them. Atwater continues to explain that our children of today face a major challenge, namely unemployment and if we as adults are not going to actively get involved, these children will either revert to ‘…drugs, sex and digital addictions…’. Thus, we could make a difference by not giving up. That our youth will also reinvent the world. In Atwater’s book, ‘Children of the Fifth World’ it is explained that the children of today have what it takes and that we adults needs to understand them and they in return need to understand themselves. These children are referred to, amongst other names, as the Indigo Children.  The Indigo Children need ‘…mentors, adults willing to guide, teach, test and give of themselves; to show not preach’.

Milites Dei Training AcademEMY SCHOOLS SPECIAL Jock of the BushveldMilites Dei Training Academy offers South African accredited qualifications and customised and adjusted according to the student’s needs. Students will be exposed to the beauty of nature as well as the challenges there within while practically engaging the theories of real life.

Jock of the Bushveld Memorial at Milites Dei

One of the many statues found in South Africa was erected just outside the training venue. The statue of Jock of the Bushveld is nestled on a hill with a view of the Legogote Mountain ranges and offers breathe taking views of the surrounding flora and fauna. Jock of the Bushveld accompanied his owner, Sir. Percy Fitzpatrick when he visited the Sanderson family. Sir Percy wrote some chapters of his famous books in the Sanderson House.