Hi Chioma - Our entry idea is a toolkit and school curriculum for implementing a youth led digital mapping initiative. It's a new idea to scale a proven methodology which has been deployed across Brazilian communities and piloted in Haiti, Argentina and Kosovo. In the Philippines we would be working to design and then pilot the school toolkit and curriculum. What distinguishes this idea from past work, is that to date we have deployed with UNICEF and community based organizations through special non-school related programming. We have never before attempted to design the program to be run directly through schools and as part of their existing curriculum. We discovered this idea through a design workshop engaging the key stakeholders of government, UNICEF, community organizations and youth themselves.
Hello Chioma - here are answers to the expert questions.
1) The initiative has deeply established links with the education department in Brazil where the project is poised to scale. In the Philippines, where we are planning to pilot next, we have established a exploratory partnership with the Asia Foundation which is already working with the government ministries and UNICEF. Before a youth mapping program is launched in a new locality, the program is required to have a collaboration with the local government. This pre-established connection ensures positive feedback loops and collaborative action can form.
2. There have been many local mitigation actions that have taken place as a direct result of the youth mapping, as well as some larger initiatives and partnerships. We have added a few before and after photos to the entry and a video of a neighborhood park that was created from a local dump, an action led by the youth mappers in Rio.
3. A youth serving community based organization is selected by the government and local UNICEF office to identify youth mappers and get trained as the youth mapper trainers. The youth serving community based organization holds ownership over curating and maintaining the map by working directly with the youth mappers themselves. Once the youth maps are validated and approved, they become public on the internet, and can be used by the government for response and the youth and community for advocacy and action.