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Community Youth Mapping

Equipping the youth with skills in GIS and mapping to make them more attractive to employers

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We would like to teach the youth in the use of open source GIS tools and software like openstreetmap, openmapkit and QGIS. This will give them much needed skills in data collection, validation, visualization, analysis and presentation. These are skills that are much needed by companies and yet are rarely taught in school especially in Africa. 

Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine higher education to support the needs of tomorrow?

Our idea is designed for the youth that are about to enter university, mid way their higher education or have just finished the university studies. The trend is that higher education means more books to read and more exams to do which is not necessary in the current world. The world today requires one to have a particular skill that is valuable to a company so that they can employ you. Therefore empowering the youth with these hands on skills will broaden their understanding beyond classroom.

This idea emerged from:

  • A group brainstorm

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

We would like to have more of the GIS tools like GPS units, laptops and phones, drones that are used in the mapping at our disposal that we can train more students in the art of mapping especially in Africa

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Community mapping with a small group of students from the University, from high school and those currently enrolled in University.

Tell us about your work experience:

I am a Quantity Surveyor by profession with the love of mapping and GIS. I am currently a mapping trainer with a Ugandan based NGO called Map Uganda and Humanitarian Openstreetmap Team (HOT). I was a team leader with HOT on a mapping financial inclusion project in Eastern Uganda. I have also had internship positions as a quantity surveyor with the Ministry of Works and Ministry of Defense(Engineers Brigade)

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Thanks everyone for the comments. Yes l am really certain this program will bridge that gap and make studies more realistic to studies and more hands on.

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