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Geography Awareness Week to highlight relevance of subject

Published:Wednesday | September 27, 2017 | 12:00 AM

This year's staging of Geography Awareness Week (GAW) will be dedicated to promoting the use of geography and the relevance of the subject to youngsters and the country.

GAW is being hosted by the National Spatial Data Manage-ment Division (NSDMD) from November 11 to 17.

Speaking at a recent JIS 'Think Tank', Manager and Assistant Trainer of the GIS in Schools Education Programme (GISSEP) at the NSDMD, Jumaine Remikie, cited the value of having youth understand the importance of geography and how it can serve them in their academic and professional pursuits.

"Geography is core and should be right on top with mathematics, English and others. Without understanding the way the world interacts, we cannot move forward. GAW is to promote its use," he said.

The week's activities will be highlighted by Geography Information Systems (GIS) Day on November 15, which will see participation from schools across the country and more than 20 government entities as well as private stakeholders.

"The students use it as a great avenue to see the different careers available to them when they graduate," Remikie said.

He further said the event will be used to promote GIS technology and how it is applicable in a range of fields and subject areas.

The week's activities will include a career session, as well as a series of events for different audiences, such as a technical session for persons in academia and an executive forum for the business sector to focus on the use of GIS in security and public safety.

Remikie said after 11 years of hosting GAW and 15 years of GIS Day, the NSDMD has recorded consistent expansion in the response and impact of the events.