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The Institute of Geographical Studies (TIGS) started originally as The Indian Institute of Geographical Studies and was formally registered in 2015.
In collaboration with the Army Public School (APS), Bengaluru we have established the GeoVidyaa Geography Centre (GVGC) at the campus of the APS, Kamaraj Road, Bengaluru.
At the GeoVidyaa Centre, students engage in interactive learning to see connections between geography and their own lives. For example, they learn about:
- Earth (latitudes, longitudes, processes such as earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, climate change, volcanoes, etc.),
- How human beings and Earth interact (pollution, building cities, transportation changes), and
- How populations organize themselves on earth (ie. how human settlements are arranged on Earth, how people migrate, how our populations change etc.).
- How geography connects with current events that affect all our lives — international relations, extreme natural events (“natural disasters”), environmental issues, innovative solutions to problems that require geographical thinking and analytical skills, and social and environmental justice issues.
Teachers learn about the nature of geography as a discipline, why it is important for students to receive a good geography education, and how to teach it interestingly. They learn how to make geography learning an exciting life-long experience of understanding and skills.
Parents learn about how they can enjoy geography with their kids in even simple activities, how to help their children learn geographical skills (e.g., orientation, giving and receiving directions, reading maps and atlases). Parents learn, and are encouraged, to have geographical conversations with their children.
There are two GeoVidyaa Geography Centres (GVGC):
- Bengaluru and
Vision for the future of GVGCs:
Our hope is to evolve these GVGCs and to replicate them in many locations around the country, each locally run and serving its region.The result will be a network of GVGCs pooling talents and resources with TIGS and partner organizations helping with larger tasks (e.g., large-size resource development).
We are endeavoring to raise funds that will empower each GVGC to become self-sufficient within about three years. You can get involved in may ways with this, apart from making donations in cash/kind. If you would like to discuss your support for our work, please contact us.