[OSGeo Africa] GIS teacher / student workbook development

Tim Sutton tim at linfiniti.com
Mon Jun 9 18:22:42 EDT 2008

Hi Sindile

As one of the co-authors of QGIS, I am very pleased to see you are
using QGIS in your school education programme. I have downloaded the
geography course guideline from


And will examine it more closely over the next few days in order to
get a better feel for your requirements. I recently completed work
with the founder of QGIS (Gary Sherman) where we created a customised
(simplified) version of QGIS for use in K-12 education programme in
schools in Alaska, USA. The work was under contract to the University
of Alaska, Fairbanks.

I would be most delighted if you would give me an opportunity to
support the work you are doing in developing a GIS curriculum for K-12
students in South Africa. I believe I am well placed to do this,
having in depth development experience of QGIS, experience in
developing K-12 educational products based on QGIS, and a strong
interest in seeing QGIS and open source software becoming part of the
skills and capabilities of young South Africans.

I am currently based in Cape Town, and would be delighted to make a
presentation at your convenience.

Best regards

Tim Sutton
QGIS Project Steering Committee Member - Release Manager
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2008/6/9 Intengu Technologies <sindile.bidla at gmail.com>:
> Dear List Members
> Suitably qualified South African companies or individuals in developing
> learning material and GIS are requested to provide a proposal and a
> quotation on the development of a manual or workbook in support of the GIS
> In Schools programme.
> GIS has become part of the geography schools curricula for grades 10 -12 as
> indicated in the National Curriculum Statement.  Additional information on
> the geography curricula (Grades 10 - 12) can be found from this address
> http://www.education.gov.za/Curriculum/Curriculum.asp
> Please note that the manual / workbook would need to target:
> 1. teachers
> 2. learners
> 3. access to computers
> 4. no access to computers
> An open source software package will be used (currently we have been
> providing training on QGIS).
> Copyright of all work done would either be to the State or under Creative
> Commons.
> Communication will be with shortlisted companies or individuals and would be
> required to provide a demonstration or make a presentation at their expense.
> Please do not hesitate to contact myself for any clarity.
> Closing date 16 June 08
> Regards,
> Sindile Bidla
> Deputy Director: Spatial Information Services
> Chief Directorate: Spatial Planning & Information
> Tel: 0437220536
> Cell: 0823024393
> Fax: 0437220551
> email: sxjbidla at dla.gov.za
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