Redlands, California, 2 May 2006 — A new programme from the National Geographic Society will offer today’s youth a valuable resource to increase their geographic knowledge and embrace the world around them. ESRI is a sponsor of My Wonderful World, which promotes geographic awareness to K–12 students and provides tools to help teachers and parents be involved in the learning process.
The My Wonderful World Website (www.mywonderfulworld.org ) is at the heart of the campaign, offering something for everyone. The site provides valuable resources that give youth a better understanding of the world around them including suggestions for outdoor family activities, links to geography games and online adventures for kids and teenagers, classroom materials for educators, global IQ tests, and a host of other tools.
“Geographic illiteracy impacts our economic well-being, impacts our relationships with other nations and the environment, and isolates us from our world,” says John Fahey, National Geographic Society president and CEO.
ESRI is one of the business, nonprofit, and education leaders sponsoring the campaign. Others include 4-H, American Federation of Teachers, Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks, Asia Society, Association of American Geographers, Committee for Economic Development, Council on Competitiveness, iEARN-USA, Lindblad, National Basketball Association, National Council for Geographic Education, National Council of La Raza,
National Council for Social Studies, National PTA, Sesame Workshop, the United Nations Foundation, and the World Affairs Councils of America.