GeoWeek 2020: November 16-22
GeoWeek (Geography Awareness Week) takes place on the third week in November each year. The purpose of the initiative, which was developed in the USA, was to draw attention to the importance of geographical education for understanding the world around us. The initiative was sparked by a recognition that there was a 'dangerous deficiency' in geographical knowledge in American education at that time. As a result, GeoWeek was developed to ‘excite people about geography as both a discipline and as a part of everyday life'. We know that there is no such deficiency in Ireland at the moment. However, the Government's decision to remove Geography as a core subject from the Junior Certificate has put the geographical knowledge of future generations under threat. Given the importance of geographical knowledge for understanding and responding to contemporary challenges such as climate change, environmental degradation, sustainable lifestyles, uneven development, planning, migration, and conflict, this decision will undermine the ability of future generations to tackle these issues either at home or abroad.