Geography Awareness Week was established more than 25 years ago, and is organized by National Geographic Education Programs (NGEP). In 2015 National Geographic moved away from only celebrating Geography Awareness during the third week of Noember and now asks schools to celebrate and spark awareness year round as it best blends in to the school calendar. Some K-12 schools, universities and GIS professionals still choose to celebrate GAW in the traditional November timeframe, often designating the third Wednesday as GIS Day.
GeoWeek raises awareness to this dangerous deficiency in American education, and excites people about geography as both a discipline and as a part of everyday life. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day is incorporated into GeoWeek, and takes place on Wednesday during GeoWeek. GIS’ spatial focus embraces the idea of interconnectedness, and can be used to solve many of the problems that GeoWeek addresses.
This year’s Geography Awareness Week Theme:
IGNITING THE SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION
November 10–16, 2019
Geography Awareness Week home page: http://www.geographyawarenessweek.org
Using Media to promote Geography Awareness Week: http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/news/geography-goes-movies/?ar_a=4