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South African Space Agency to offer children a different view of Earth

08 October 2013

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The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) on 09 October, as part of Global Space Week, launched Fundisa: satellite imagery tools to support the high school geography curriculum.

Earth observation and space science are seen as important ways to monitor South Africa's land usage, resources, urban development, among many other things, but a lack of skills in the field is a constant problem, both in government, research institutions and the private sector.

At the launch of Global Space Week on 03 October at the Hartebeesthoek site, SANSA chief executive Sandile Malinga was more effusive when addressing learners: "These are the new technologies, the new skills that will drive our country and our economy. It requires learners to step up to the plate and rise to the challenge. The opportunities are there for you."

The Fundisa education programme and disc - already distributed to universities - "are set to help increase understanding of Earth observations among grade 10 to 12 learners", SANSA said. "These resources, which include a portal for students, will also help raise awareness about the value satellite imagery adds to geographic information system analysis."

Source: Mail and Guardian