Nagpur, India: In a bid to train school teachers in GIS, GPS and remote sensing technology; LIGHTS, an NGO based in Delhi, along with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, organised a two days training programme in Nagpur, India.
The NGO is considering extending its training programme in all over the country to sensitise teachers about technologies like GIS and enabling them to make use of these analytical tools. It also aims at skill development and capacity building amongst teachers regarding the technological advancements. This initiative was also supported by the National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning (NBBS&LUP) and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).
“These activities would help develop a scientific temper among students via teachers. We have also planned a field trip for children to Futala Lake where they would be taught the usage of GPS devices. We would also be informing the participants about the importance of and the ways to harness renewable energy,” informed Sulagna Chattopadhyay, president of LIGHTS.
“Since such technologies were not taught to them, many of the teachers find it difficult to teach them to their students. Our aim is to ensure that such issues do not hamper the passage of knowledge or deny information to the younger generation,” said Tanu Dhiman, information officer at LIGHTS.