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  • Jumatatu Chiwa || MapKids || University of DODOMA




Empowering the Next Generation Through Technology and Mapping

In a world driven by technology, equipping young minds with the right tools and skills is paramount. The MapKids project, a collaborative effort between Youth Tech Solution and YouthMappers, is doing just that. Through innovative outreach programs and engaging workshops, this initiative is empowering children to harness the power of technology for social impact. 

Bridging the Digital Divide: Empowering Future Mappers

Our mission is to bridge the digital divide and empower the next generation of problem solvers. In a rapidly changing landscape, imparting 21st-century skills to our kids is a vital step towards creating a better world. The Future Mappers program introduces young minds to exciting concepts while addressing pressing community challenges through technology and mapping.

Nurturing Change Agents: Empowering the Next Generation of Mappers

Future Mappers tackles real-world issues while making learning a joyous experience. The workshops provide students with a platform to learn, grow, and contribute to their communities. From mapping to mobile mapping using smartphones and laptops, kids acquire skills that enable them to make a tangible difference.


Unleashing Potential: Unlocking Collaboration

Sadly, many children lack access to the knowledge and skills required for social change. The MapKids project aims to change this narrative by fostering geospatial skills, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities. With these skills, kids are empowered to take a proactive role in solving issues within their communities.

A Vision of a Transformed Tomorrow: Our Mission and Vision

At the heart of this initiative lies a powerful vision: a world where every child possesses the ability to use technology to create a positive impact. The mission is equally compelling - to arm children with the knowledge and skills needed to leverage technology for social good. This is not just education; it's a movement towards meaningful change.


Workshops that Spark Change: Building a Brighter Future

The MapKids workshops are designed to be interactive, fun, and engaging. They combine learning with excitement, making the process not just educational but enjoyable too. The curriculum introduces mapping and mobile mapping as tools for addressing community issues. From learning to use smartphones for mapping to developing innovative solutions, the children are at the forefront of change.

Empowering Change Agents: Inspiring Impact 

Imagine a world where children are the driving force behind community transformation. MapKids project is making this a reality. By introducing children to the power of mapping and mobile mapping, we are nurturing a generation of change agents. These young minds are not just the future; they are the catalysts for a brighter present.


The Path Ahead: Expanding OsmAnd Usage and Growing Next Generation of YouthMappers

Our journey doesn't end with workshops; it extends to building a community that fosters lasting change. By inviting and collaborating with different university and college students to join our project, we're cultivating a new family of YouthMappers. As these enthusiastic participants become advocates for change, they will introduce new YouthMappers chapters in their universities, spreading our vision. This growth not only adds members to our family but also fuels the usage of various OpenStreetMap and applications, making our collective impact resonate even further.

MapKids project is more than a project; it's a movement that's shaping young minds for a better tomorrow. Through education, technology, and the spirit of change, we're painting a picture of empowerment and social impact. Join us as we continue to expand the horizons of learning, foster collaboration, and inspire young minds to be the change they wish to see in the world.

About Author.

Jumatatu Chiwa is the visionary founder of the MapKids project under Youth Tech Solution

With a passion for empowering youth, he leads the initiative in collaboration with YouthMappers to equip children with 21st-century skills. Through technology-driven workshops and outreach, Jumatatu envisions a world where young minds become problem solvers, using mapping and mobile mapping to address community issues and create a safer, more impactful digital landscape for all.


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