RESILIENCE ACADEMY STUDENT INTERNSHIP MODEL AS AN INNOVATIVE WAY TO ENHANCE GEOSPATIALLY LITERATE FUTURE WORK FORCE IN AFRICA
- 1Department of Geography and Geology, University of Turku (UTU), Finland
- 2College of ICT, University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Tanzania
- 3Department of Geospatial Sciences and Technology, Ardhi University (ARU), Tanzania
- 4Department of Social Sciences, State University of Zanzibar (SUZA), Tanzania
- 5Department of Forest Engineering and Wood Science, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania
Keywords: geospatial skills, internships, industrial training, digital tools, open data services, resilient cities, global south, Tanzania
Abstract. This paper is based on the experiences from Resilience Academy project in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where students’ are engaged to a mass-internships for a period of 8-12 weeks. Student internship model of the Resilience Academy is designed to work with the local organisations to conduct geospatial data collection campaigns based on the use of various open-source data and tools combined with community mapping and digital online working. Simultaneously, students’ exposure to practical training during the internship provides them with relevant applied geospatial skills, which increase their future employment opportunities and participation in informed decision-making.