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Charity 'Map the World' App Launched

Tuesday 19 November 2013

Charity Map the World App

A recent Travelzoo survey found that less than 25% of UK children can name Italy as the country resembling a boot (compared with 15% of US children) and less than 64% can name Washington DC as the US capital, versus 93% of US children who can name London as the UK capital. 

To inspire kids, the travel and entertainment deals provider is launching a ‘Map the World’ app for iPads, with a timed digital jigsaw puzzle of the globe for families to do together. Sir Ranulph Fiennes has endorsed it as ‘an excellent tool for teaching children about the countries of the world in an engaging way’. The app echoes the government's recognition of the need to update the geography curriculum from September 2014.

Travelzoo has chosen Universal Children’s Day on 20th November 2013 to launch Map the World, with all download donations going to Open Arms Malawi, a charity working to feed, educate and protect the orphans of one of the world’s poorest countries. Malawi currently has more than 1 million orphans, many of them newborns/very young babies who have lost parents to the HIV/Aids epidemic.

Other findings from the survey were:
• More than 10% of UK children think Dorset and Yorkshire are US states, 15% think Brazil is a state and 17% think Sydney is a state.

•  19% think the Nile is an ocean, and 25% think the English Channel is an ocean.

• 11% think that Hogwarts is a real place.

Map the World can be downloaded from the app store for free but users are invited to donate a minimum of $2 to Open Arms Malawi when they do so. 

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