On Tuesday, the 24th of December, 2023, in the Cultural Center Conference Hall of the Erbil Polytechnic University, in the presence of the Vice Rector of the University, Asst. Prof. Dr. Nageb Toma Bato, Prof. Dr. Yousef Mustafa Rasul, the Erbil Governor Mr. Umed Khoshnaw, the Erbil Governorate Council Dr. Ali Rashid, the Consultant of the Transportation and Communications Minister Mr. Hastyar Asad, the Reconstruction General Director Mr. Hunar Nuri, the Dams General Director Mr. Abdulrahman Khani, several members of the university council, lecturers, and experts, a workshop of introducing the EPU Youth-Mappers Chapter was conducted.
At the beginning of the ceremony, the Vice Rector delivered a speech on behalf of the Rector in which he welcomed the guests and talked about the importance of the project and considered it a modern need. He appreciated the hardworking of the project supervisors Mr. Muhamad Faisal and Ms. Glpa Ali Jukel for successfully accomplishing the project.
Then, Mr. Mohammed Faisal presented a seminar about the project and its history. He also explained that Youth Mappers consists of a group of students, researchers, and lecturers who use technology and available public data to identify and present the obstacles to the development of each country. University students around the world are actively participating in a publicly available program called the OSM Platform, in which students map the place where they live and in turn bring great benefits to their community. He also explained in detail the purpose and benefits of this chapter for Kurdistan in general, experts, government, organizations, companies and even ordinary people. He also explained the main purpose of opening this chapter in the Erbil Polytechnic University, which is to educate and develop the ability of our youth to lead and develop our country through mapping.
The second seminar was presented by Ms. Glpa Ali about how the student group worked in the project and showed their work, activities and projects that have been carried out throughout the academic year (2021-2022), as well as discussing the training that students have benefited so far.
Finally, Mr. Mohammed Faisal delivered another seminar in which he discussed in detail the events of the end of the year (2021) in Erbil Governorate that caused several losses of life and property due to floods and rainfall in several areas of the city Preparing for disasters and how to deliver support to affected areas during disasters, through this project, which is very useful.
Then the door of discussion was opened for the participants and their questions were answered. At the end of the workshop Asst. Prof. Dr. Nageb Toma Bato distributed honorary certificates upon the supervising teachers. Later, the Consultant of the Transportation and Communications Minister Mr. Hastyar Asad also awarded the honorary certificates were awarded to the participated students.
The EPU Youth Mappers Student Chapter consists of a group of students of the Erbil Polytechnic University who work globally to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of all countries by creating maps for where they live, to prepare and facilitate cases where natural and humanitarian disasters occur or have occurred It will be great for governmental and non-governmental institutions and humanitarian organizations.