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International GIS Day: Expert calls for GIS inculcation in STEM study



Mr David Afolayan, a Geographic Information System (GIS) expert, has called for the inculcation of GIS into the study of STEM subjects to fast track development in Nigeria.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Afolayan made the call in Ibadan on Wednesday at an event organised to celebrate the International GIS Day.

Afolayan enjoined government to encourage GIS-supported education system as seen in developed countries.

“Presently, GIS is in the Geography curriculum, but in most developed countries, it was not limited to the subject alone.

“It is actually promoted as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) tool, where students are exposed to the technology across the world.

“Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a technological framework that unlocks a better understanding of our world.

“It is a robust tool that supports decision-making by providing an effective platform to analyse and understand precise locations of information.

“The knowledge of GIS provides a solid foundation for STEM. It’s proper and early introduction to students will expand their career opportunities in fields that are rewarding,” he said.

Afolayan said that the International GIS Day, observed on Nov. 13 of every year, was aimed at promoting the technology available to solve spatial problems.

He said that 10 private and public secondary schools in Ibadan city were invited for the event, in collaboration with the Association of Nigerian Geographers to demonstrate to students the practical aspect of GIS which they had learnt in school.

NAN reports that the theme for this year’s celebration is ‘The Mappier World’.

Afolayan said that this year marks the 20th annual international GIS Day celebration for the purpose of creating awareness.

He said that Oyo was one of the states in Nigeria which had deployed GIS technology to solve flood problems.

“There has been an intervention on flood and GIS technology was used to map the whole city. Presently, the state is developing the master plan for the city, including drainage and waste master plans,” he said.

The GIS expert noted that some climate change and global warming effect currently being experienced could be solved with GIS technology.

Mr Israel Abioye and Mrs Beatrice Odetayo, two of the teachers, who spoke with NAN at the event, said GIS should be encouraged in the education system in the country due to its significance to the environment.

“Government can improve on STEM study by incorporating GIS into it,” they both said.

Some of the students, who participated at the event, described it as an eye opener to the possibilities available through technology.

NAN reports that the event featured GIS demonstrations such as Map Art Exhibition, 3D Simulation, Competitive Games, Digital Experience and career talk.

Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq




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