Geographic education builds globally aware, culturally connected, environmentally conscious, competitive societies ready for the twenty-first century.

In an age when global challenges require global perspectives, educating the next generation in geography, earth & environmental sciences, and global citizenship is more important than ever before. Geography is  more than putting places on a map: it brings cultures together, charts the path to sustainable development, teaches us how to protect the one planet we have, and answers critical questions of how we must use our limited resources in a time of increasing population and social pressures.

A world-class education in geography is vital to future national health. In fact, the greatest issues of our time relate back to geography. The world is more interconnected and the economy is increasingly global – and an understanding of this new reality is essential to building a globally competitive population. The world is fractured and complex – we need geography to instill cultural understanding and heal divides. With growing populations putting limited resources under increased strain, agricultural and resource geography will be essential to managing resources and eliminating hunger. As communities transform, urban geography will guide us in managing urbanisation and building sustainable communities. And in a time when our changing environment is poised to fundamentally threaten our way of life, geography is critical to paving the road for humanity.

Around the world, children are left behind without access to the world-class geographic education they need in schools.

Yet, despite the importance of geographic education, the subject has been overlooked. In many nations around the world, geography is barely mentioned as a subject, while in other nations the curriculum is outdated, limited, or not reflective of twenty-first-century education standards. Even when limited geographic education curricula are in place, they are often neither comprehensive (neglecting career-relevant areas like GIS) nor implemented for a broad student audience.

Furthermore, schools rarely have enough educators with any geography background – in some cases, even a college degree. Even when in place, current geography curricula are limited in scope, laden with bureaucratic language, and filled with outdated, unclear learning objectives. Even geography educators are unable to translate those curricula into classroom lessons and these curricula rarely translate to classroom learning.  Studies of geographic education and geographic literacy around the world are only examples of how geographic education in classrooms have proven insufficient for children who need it more than ever.

The Global Geography Curriculum Development Programme (GGCDP) is developing state-of-the-art national curricula in geography, environmental studies, and global citizenship in partnership with national governments – all at no cost to governments or to schools. These curricula, built by global Programme Development Teams under the leadership and advice of some of the world’s most eminent geographers, is redefining access to free, world-class geographic education at every level. With unprecedented scope and a game-changing approach towards educators, the GGCDP is providing students around the world their first comprehensive geographic education: a leap forward for equitable access to education.

Not only are GGCDP curricula bringing mions of students their first-ever twenty-first-century education in geography, it is a curriculum like no other in its approach to how geography is taught in schools – particularly relevant given the shortage of geography teachers and introduction of content. GGCDP curricula break the mold of traditional curricular frameworks to  provide everything educators can rely entirely on to instill a world-class geographic education in their students: with hundreds of day-by-day lessons, fully comprehensive activity plans, modules, progress checks, and exams at every level, correlated directly with Student Learning Objectives and the curriculum framework. Going far beyond the materials provided to educators in the past, this unprecedented scale is a leap for equitable access to education. In ensuring that any educator anywhere can bring a lesson in geography to life, it is transforming the experience for students and reshaping geographic education entirely.

GGCDP curricula are at the forefront of educational innovation – leading the way in geographic education practices and building on a constructivist, problem-based philosophy of education. For example, innovative GIS programme explorations imitate the use of GIS technology, allowing educators to prepare students for the career-relevant field of GIS and build necessary geospatial skills without ever needing an internet connection.

These innovative curricula are designed based on the needs of each nation’s educational system. In the process of building tailored curricula for nations around the world, we work closely with national Ministries of Education and curriculum parastatals – depending on preference, the curriculum can also be developed through a joint development process. GGCDP curricula are generally split between junior and senior secondary curricula, but can be modified based on local needs.

Through their unprecedented scope – made possible by the unparalleled capacity of the programme – GGCDP curricula bridge the gap between national learning objectives and classroom learning: transforming geography education at the local level. Every part of the programme is designed to fit every educational environment – so that any child anywhere, regardless of the resources available in their school – can receive access to a world-class geographic education.

GGCDP curricula developed for specific countries go through educational tests and reviews around the world, from East Africa to the East Coast of the United States, to ensure that they match every educational environment. The GGCDP is founded in the principle that every child everywhere deserves a world-class geographic education. Through these innovative efforts, leading the way in geographic education development, we are moving closer to that goal.

Let’s advance geographic education in your nation together. If you are a leader or representative of a government body – including Ministries of Education, curriculum bodies, and national parliaments – we look forward to beginning a dialogue with you on developing a GGCDP curriculum to your nation.

More than ever, education reform is necessary to stronger national futures. Let’s work together to make that a reality.

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Around the world, local and international partners play an important role in this programme. From organising curricular reviews to taking part in curriculum development, we value the role of partners in the process of building game-changing programmes for children everywhere.

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Let’s build a better world for our next generation together. Your support helps made our work possible, allowing us to reach more children in more places. We deeply appreciate the contributions of generous donors working to build a better world.

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