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8 February 2021 by ESRI Bulgaria

Free GIS software for schools in Bulgaria


Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping, together with the Ministry of Education and Science and Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski ", launched a program to provide Bulgaria secondary schools with free access to the most popular GIS software in the world - ArcGIS, as well as the necessary support for Bulgarian teachers.

The program aims to teach students modern digital skills so they can meet the needs of the modern digital society, develop skills for spatial and critical thinking, stimulate children's interest in learning new subject matter through interactive methods and prepare for the new requirements of higher education and successful careers. This was announced at an online meeting attended by the Rector of Sofia University Prof. Anastas Gerdjikov, Minister of Education and Science Krassimir Valchev, Dean of the Faculty of Geology and Geography of Sofia University Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kliment Naidenov, Evgenia Karadjova - owner and Manager of Esri Bulgaria.

Evgenia Karadjova reminded that ESRI Bulgaria has been operating for 25 years as an Esri official  representative in the country. She named Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as one of the three fastest growing systems, along with nano- and biotechnology. According to her, GIS  almost all spheres of life - education, healthcare, urban development, utilities, environment, transport, security, marketing and many others. This technology is directly related to solving some of the biggest problems of our time - climate change, environmental problems and efficient use of resources on our planet.

The Minister of Education and Science Krassimir Valchev pointed out that GIS is important for children now and will be even more important in the future. He noted that children love to learn through images, something that is even more true for today's generation, that makes sense of the world through images. According to him, GIS is also important in high schools for developing and upgrading various skills, because today's students will most likely live in the era of active interaction between people and algorithms. He added that GIS will be useful for students who have chosen geography, IT specialties, economic profiles, for vocational high schools in transport, mechanization of agriculture, forestry and others. Minister Krassimir Valchev thanked for the donation and stressed that it is extremely useful for the Bulgarian educational system.

The rector Prof. Anastas Gerdjikov said that it is not enough just for children to have access to these systems, but also to have trained teachers and stressed that with the Dean of the Faculty of Geology and Geography Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kliment Naydenov will continue to work in this direction, relying on the support of ESRI Bulgaria.

Esri's ArcGIS platform allows every teacher and student to use, create and share digital geographic content and interactive maps on the Internet that present knowledge, problems and solutions. This  allows them to ask questions, look for answers, and explore the problems that surround all of us daily. The curriculas in thousands of schools around the world demonstrate that teachers and students can use ArcGIS to improve learning opportunities and build data analysis and problem-solving skills. The implementation of ArcGIS in courses related to STEM, natural sciences, history, etc. introduces a modern interactive approach to learning.

Problem solving, critical thinking, data analysis, communication and collaboration are the hallmarks of working with GIS. These are skills that employers are looking for in every sphere. Using ArcGIS in a variety of subjects, teachers can help students build these skills, even from a very early age, and prepare them for successful university and career advancement. Classroom activities based on maps, as well as learning projects related to information analysis and map creation, are also attractive way to encourage collaboration between students.