HOW GEO-EDUCATION IS INFLUENCING OUR MENTALITY

Environmental education (or geo-education) is a very important part of any educational system. Therefore it is a secret until now how our mindsets change because of learning to be greener. 

Hence consciousness for protecting the environment is everywhere now, from the way we travel, move, eat, drink to everyday action. So today we have many options on zero-waste/bioproducts which are the guarantee to a sustainable lifestyle.

However, in many cases, there is a significant component that teachers overlooked. But we are not to be ignored, in fact, the human component is essential for future generation s to know and therefore to prevent doing the same mistakes as their ancestors.     

Defining Geo-education

According to National Geographic geo-education is ‘the education about our world‘. Yet the term is referring to providing the young people the essential knowledge and skills in order for them to understand how the human and natural worlds work from local to global scales.

Thus it aims to prepare the future generation to take wise decisions for the modern world challenges, like climate change and globalization.

Its Impact on Students

Geo-education is a combination of in-school and out-of-school learning practices. Moreover, it combines a vast number of subjects and experiences, from Earth Sciences to Culture and Foreign Languages. 

Hence this curriculum aims to develop six  skills to students:

  1. Understanding how the world’s systems work and interact
  2.  Gaining the knowledge for each of the world’s component (including humans)
  3. Appreciating the cultures and the environment
  4. Becoming able to communicate with other people with diverse backgrounds
  5. Understanding the consequence of our actions

If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it. - David Sobel

Importance for Society

For students, geo-education prepares them for a successful career in this modern world workspace. But there are several impacts on societies too.

On the one hand, they gain economic competitiveness over other societies. But also it helps communities to sustain their natural resources and quality of life. 

Finally, there is an impact on national security transforming societies into a safer world to live. 

Yet to reach a more sustainable and safe world, there are still many challenges. Most important is the lack of interest in teaching subjects of geo-education. On the other hand, out-of-school experiences are merely very few and are focusing on academic achievements.

The Geo-education Movement

That is why there is a need for a global movement by creating a community of geo-educators. By bringing together tutors who believe in the benefits of geo-education, we can create change.

But actions are already into force towards the movement. Firstly National Geographic is setting a national movement in the USA. 

In addition, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) created the Earth Science Education Initiative in Africa aiming for the training of teachers on how to introduce earth sciences to children.

Yet every initiative, small or big, is a stepping stone to geo-education, including our own initiative ‘Geo-School’.

Introducing our Geo-School

Geo-School is an online school for Earth Science. Hence its objective is to educate you on environmental and public health issues.

Geo-School is coming early October with its first course on creating your own map with free open-source software.

Because we are launching Geo-School with our first course, we will give a free course on the history of mapping. 

All you have to do is to download the free e-book to you right in order to notify you and get the link.

We are hoping to see you all in our new step toward geo-education.

Keep learning. Keep growing.

Konstantia

Posted on 05/09/2018.

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