Experts train students on GIS to attain SDGs

Experts Train Students On GIS To Attain SDGs - Nigeria News May 26, 2022

Experts in Geographic Information System (GIS), on Thursday trained 50 students on the use of GIS technology for the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Mr Emmanuel Jeje, an Acting Director, Provincial Operations Support, Department of Agriculture, Land Reforms and Rural Development, Cape Town in South Africa, made this known at the training in Ibadan, Oyo State capital on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that theme of the training was: “GIS Transforming Our World”.

The GIS Workshop for Senior Secondary School Students was organised for Deeper Life High School and sponsored by GIS Academy, Ibadan.

Jeje said that importance of technological knowledge have to be inculcated in education for an evolving world.

He highlighted the importance of GIS to various fields of human endeavours and its roles in solving challenges facing the world from climate issues to agriculture and military use.

“GIS helps you to understand what exists and where.

“And with GIS ability, you can measure what happened in the past, the present and what the future can be as well as solve problems highlighted in the SDGs,” Jeje said.

He also listed various career opportunities possible with the knowledge of GIS and how it could be deployed to security, businesses, solving climatic issues among others.

In his remarks, Mr David Afolayan, the Chief Executive Officer, GIS Academy, said the workshop was an eye opener for the students to recognise opportunities within their reach, starting from where they were in their Geography class.

Afolayan said: “Geography gives them information about the earth form, features, activities, atmosphere and so on.

“It is a foundation for careers they are not aware of and we are bringing in Geographic information technology as an enabler so that the knowledge they have in Geography, Technology can be used to solve problems.”

He said that GIS was a technology that helps to solve spatial problems.

“We are building on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which already itemised the problems of the world that the world needs to solve.

“We are letting the students see how their knowledge of Geography and GIS can solve these problems.

“Technology is being put in their hands and one of the benefits is the grant from the ESRI to all the schools in Nigeria, so that their schools will have the software.

“We are also integrating them into biodiversity projects where their school forms, like citizen scientists, where they will have the opportunity to use real scientific protocols to solve real problems,” he said.

Afolayan also said that it was a hybrid of several technologies and several platforms.

“We have the global learning and observation of the environment, which is a United States NASA supported project that promotes STEM with an understanding of the earth and its systems.

“We are teaching them how to collect data and interpret it,” he said.

Afolayan said that the students were being tested already on GIS in their WAEC and JAMB examinations and the training would afford them deeper insight into their curriculum.

“This is part of the Geography Green School projects that empower schools
across Nigeria and Africa by providing technology support, educational materials and tools for geo-literacy, ” Afolayan said.

Commenting, Mr Israel Abioye, a Geography teacher at the Deeper Life High School, Ibadan, said that the workshop had equipped the students with hands-on training on GIS, which according to him, is part of the syllabus for third term for students in senior classes.

Speaking on their training experience, Precious Oke and Upongbong Abasi told NAN that they have learnt relevance of GIS to many career paths and how to use the technology to solve problems in their environment. (NAN)

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