The rapid penetration of Earth observation (EO) and geospatial information technology (GIT) across various disciplines has enabled its widespread adoption in planning sectors, resource management, and sustainable development. However, concepts of EO & GIT are still rudimentary or nonexistent in school curriculums across the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. A lack of skilled human resources and institutional capacities and gaps in communication hinder school teachers from introducing these concepts and their applications to students.
ICIMOD seeks to bridge this gap through efficient and cost-effective capacity-building programmes under the theme “Connecting space to village” to address the needs of different users in the use of EO & GIT. Therefore, ICIMOD, in partnership with the Robotics Association of Nepal (RAN), will conduct a five-day training on “Connecting space to village: Training teachers to disseminate EO & GIT knowledge” at the ICIMOD headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 8 to 12 July 2019.
The training is being organized under ICIMOD’s SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya (SERVIR-HKH) Initiative, which is the regional hub of SERVIR, a partnership of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). SERVIR connects space to village by helping developing countries use satellite data to address critical challenges in food security, water resources, weather and climate, land use, and natural disasters. SERVIR develops innovative solutions to improve livelihoods and foster self- reliance in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
This training aims to train high-school teachers from select villages in Nepal on the use of EO & GIT applications and data in line with SERVIR-HKH’s efforts to connect space to villages by empowering them to transfer knowledge to their students. This will provide a learning opportunity for the participants to learn about SERVIR’s geospatial products and services and their usefulness.
The training will introduce teachers to different EO & GIT applications developed under SERVIR, such as agriculture information system, land cover monitoring system, forest fire monitoring system, flood early warning system, drought monitoring system, and short-term high intensity weather system. The training will provide brief theoretical concepts as well as hands-on tutorials on EO & GIT applications. This will enable participants to understand basic concepts that can be applied in school courses. Upon completion of the training, the participants will have a better understanding of EO & GIT and their applications developed under the SERVIR-HKH Initiative.
About 20 high-school teachers teaching science, computer science, geography, or social studies at selected rural schools are expected to participate in this training.
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