In support of the European Commission's Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, Esri has pledged no-cost GIS software and resources to European primary and secondary schools. Vocational institutions are eligible for this program as well. Participating organizations receive cloud-based GIS tools that allow students to learn flexibly, strengthening spatial thinking and build problem-solving skills as they prepare for a variety of twenty-first-century careers.
In addition to powerful software, educational services have been arranged by Esri offices and partners in participating European Union (EU) countries. These services include teacher training courses, classroom exercises, field trips, and local geodata such as satellite imagery or digital maps. Esri works with local educators and volunteers known as GeoMentors to create lessons that align with national curriculum standards and are conducted in local languages.
GIS for schools around the globe
Like its European counterpart, Esri has led a similar program in the USA over the past four years. In the process, thousands of schools and even more students have experienced the benefits of GIS in the classroom. Browse the program's web page for an idea of the prominent lessons and curricula featured.