Sansa to boost geospatial education among school children

Sansa to boost geospatial education among school children

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South Africa: The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) will launch Fundisa – satellite imagery tools to support the high school geography curriculum. Sansa chief executive Sandile Malinga said, “These are the new technologies, the new skills that will drive our country and our economy. It requires learners to step up to the plate and rise to the challenge. The opportunities are there for you.”

The Fundisa education programme and disc – already distributed to universities – “are set to help increase understanding of earth observations among grade 10 to 12 learners”, Sansa said. “These resources, which include a portal for students, will also help raise awareness about the value satellite imagery adds to geographic information system analysis.”

In Fundisa, there is a “wealth of imagery, open-source processing tools”, Malinga said. Sansa disburses this resource every year to universities, but this is the first time that it is going to schools. “We call it mini-Fundisa,” he said. “We want to initiate [school learners] into the world of geospatial information. You don”t just want them to see a pretty picture. [In the long run, once they have graduated], we want them to extract information that will allow us to plan better, mitigate disasters better and stimulate the economy.”

Source: Mail & Guardian