A new and unique digital publishing platform has been unveiled to children and parents in the east African Region. The exciting platform called Mixakids is a platform mainly for creative writing and publishing where children write books for other children to read and share knowledge and different life experiences.
Mixakids is the first of its kind digital publishing platform in East Africa and is an innovation and brain child of Speeda Mobile Ltd (East Africa) the parent company to SMS ONE and www.chano8.com
Mixakids digital publishing platform seeks to enhance children’s: Literacy (reading & writing) skills, Usage of ICT and other digital resources, Entrepreneurship skills through creative writing, financial inclusion & literacy.
According to information presented by the management the project is initially targeting school children in East Africa (Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda & Tanzania) but will scale up to other African countries.
Mr. Joshua Wasswa Kibedi the Mixakids project Coordinator for Uganda was excited about the whole project and expressed gratitude to schools that have corporate and responded positively to the cause. He also gave a brief history and introduction about the start of the journey of Mixakids.
Mr. David Mushabe the Regional Director of Mixakids said that “MixaKids project is innovatively crafted to address some of challenges related to children’s access and usage of digital content and other ICT resources and allows children to participate in developing their own content for the platform which is a participatory approach that ensures sustainable interest among children in the platform”
“Mixakids also plays a big role in enhancing creativity and innovation through writing, linking children through learning, creativity, entrepreneurship and promoting financial literacy amongst children”. He added in his presentation to members of the press, head teachers and stake holders
Teopista Birungi Mayanja who represented partners KCCA, welcomed the head teachers, school representatives members of the press and other stake holders to the breakfast meeting held at Hotel Africana and urged everyone to support this promising project that is set to change the livelihoods of many across the continent.
MIXAKIDS EXPO 2015
The breakfast meeting also was used to officially announce the launch of Mixakids scheduled for 20th June 2015 at the Uganda museum in Kitante, Kampala. The launch will be inform of an Expo where children will be involved in demonstrating the work done so far on the Mixakids platform especially e-books on the website www.mixakids.com and explain how the whole project works out.
At the expo, the stake holders will also showcase creative writing skills, illustration skills, storytelling, music dance and drama as well as competitions and exhibition of work under the project. There will be work showcased by Cross Roads who will exhibit animations as well as robotics by a team of researchers and Book Publishers.
The Expo activities will kick off at 8:00AM Till 5:00PM.