Paper-based GIS: A practical answer to the implementation of GIS education into resource-poor schools in South Africa
Geographical information systems (GIS) was phased into the geography curriculum of South African schools from 2006–2008 as part of the National Curriculum Statement (NCS) for grades 10–12. Since its introduction, GIS education in schools across the country has been met with a number of challenges including the cost of purchasing the hardware and software required to elucidate the basic concepts of GIS to learners. This article examines the introduction of GIS education in schools in South Africa. The development and distribution of a paper-based GIS educational package for resource-poor schools in the country is also highlighted. Preliminary educator and learner evaluations of the paperbased GIS package are discussed and the broader learning opportunities and benefits associated with flexible teaching mechanisms are examined.