GIS in Schools Education Programme (GISSEP)

The GIS in Schools Education Programmme (GISSEP) was launched on February 14, 2002. This was made possible through a US $1million grant (in GIS software, technical support and training material) provided by Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), the world’s leading GIS software provider, members of the Council, the NSDMD and public and private sector volunteers.

The NSDMD and the GIS Training/GIS In Schools Sub committee of the LICJ coordinate the programme. ESRI also provided 30 computers that were shipped free of charge by Air Jamaica and distributed to the schools enrolled in the programme. Forty-six schools are currently enrolled and eighty-three teachers have been trained free of charge in Basic GIS and Introduction to ArcView. The GISSEP web site was launched on April 24, 2003. This web site is now being integrated into the Land Information Council of Jamaica’s official web site.

The Division encourages participation and coordinates the preparation and submission of schools GIS project entries to the “My Community, Our Earth Project Competition”. Three schools; Wolmer’s Girls, Denham Town Primary and Wolmer’s Boys submitted projects to the 2005 MyCOE competition.

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