Geography Conferences, Free resources, Web sites;Subject of the Week - Geography

27th March 1998 at 00:00

* Geography for All is the theme of the Geographical Association's annual conference at Leeds University, April 15-17. Lectures, seminars and workshops will focus on primary education on the Wednesday, and secondary, further and higher education on the remaining two days. Topics include the importance of geography within the whole curriculum and its relevance to literacy and numeracy. A choice of field trips is available and environmental games and activities will be run for three- to seven-year-olds on the Wednesday for pound;3 a session (11am-12.15pm and 12.45-2pm). Admission to the conference is free. Details: The GA, 160 Solly Street, Sheffield S1 4BF. Tel: 0114 296 0088.

* The Royal Geographical Society's annual careers for geographers symposium, for students, teachers and careers advisers, takes place at 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7, June 30, 10am-3.30pm. The programme includes presentations on applying for university, taking a gap year and job destinations for geography graduates. There will be an exhibition and free materials. Tickets: pound;3, pound;2 members. Details: Alison Glazebrook, tel: 0171 591 3006.

* A-level students and teachers can get up to date on geographical issues in key examination areas at On Course for Success, a conference organised by The Royal Geographical Society at 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 on October 8, 10.45am. They will also receive exam tips from a chief A-level examiner. Fee: pound;5, pound;4 members. Details as above.


* Global Eye, a colourful termly magazine for secondary students, is produced by Worldaware on behalf of the Department for International Development. Previous issues have featured Bangladesh, Namibia, Brazil, India, non-governmental development agencies and topics such as population, tourism and water. A set of 30 magazines with teachers' notes is available free from: Worldaware, 31-35 Kirby Street, London EC1N 8TE, tel: 0171 831 3844; e-mail:

* Although World Vision's 24-hour famine officially took place on March 20, secondary schools can still send for the accompanying free resource pack and organise sponsored fasts to raise funds for World Vision projects worldwide. The pack includes a geography lesson plan and 14-minute video featuring two case studies: Nyanyiik from Sudan and Sakhina from Bangladesh. Following the ravages of civil war, Nyanyiik has to drink water infested with Guinea worm eggs, and in Bangladesh Sakhina has to bathe and wash her cooking pots in water infested with larvae and raw sewage. The pack looks at causes, treatment and possible eradication of the Guinea worm and how funds will be used to ease extreme poverty. Tel: 0990 242424.

* A teaching pack entitled "Smart Moves" has been produced by Deliver UK to promote a greater understanding of freight transport among geography GCSE students. It uses role-play, video, debate and coursework to give students a clear picture of environmental concerns, employment levels, cost pressures and journey reliability. Deliver UK, a Freight Transport Association and Road Haulage Association initiative, has distributed the pack to secondary schools nationwide. Further copies available from: FTA, Hermes House, St John's Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9UZ. Tel: 01892 526171.


* A Geographer's Guide to the Internet, published by the Geographical Association, shows secondary teachers how to plan Internet use in the geography classroom and suggests possible teaching strategies. It includes a list of useful Web site addresses such as the Earth System Science Project (, the European Space Agency (, the Florida Weather Centre (, the Kobe earthquake site (http:www.eqe.comkidsnetwebsite.htm and the Virtual Geography Department (http:www.utexas.edudeptsgrgtestfootekef.html). It also has a list of publications and contact addresses. pound;10.50, pound;7 members from the GA, Solly Street, Sheffield S1 4BF.

* School teachers across the world can incorporate refugee issues into the geography and civic education curriculum through a new section on the Web site for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (\). Called "For Teachers", it contains 45 detailed lesson plans, colourful activity sheets, maps, charts, paintings and photos aimed at ages nine to 18. Unit topics include: the 1994 Rwandan refugee crisis, massive population displacements in the former Soviet Union, and the environmental impact of refugees.


Recent additions to the Council for Education in World Citizenship's Broadsheet series include: Global Tourism, Local Conflict and The World of Drugs. There are versions for teachersolder students and younger students. pound;2 each, including postage,from: CEWC, 15 St Swithin's Lane, London EC4N 8AL. Tel: 0171 929 5090.

* The Lake District National Park Authority has published a photocopiable set of key stage 3-4 factsheets on Farming, National Park in Figures, Geology, Footpath Erosion, Tourism, and Employment. 50p each from: Education service, tel: 015394 46601.

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