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Geography week events in Keene

A presidential proclamation was instituted 25 years ago to spotlight geography during the third week of November. As an essential part of a 21st century education, this year’s congressionally mandated “Geography Awareness Week” (GAWeek) celebrates the fact that the world is increasingly interconnected and interdependent.

Why? Too many students lack an understanding of the world’s geography within and beyond our country’s borders. To remedy this condition and promote geo-literacy during GAWeek 2012 (Nov. 11 to 17), the New Hampshire Geographic Alliance has joined forces with the Keene Public Library and many local schools to help teachers, students and communities across N.H. gain further understanding about how our world is made up of interconnected human and natural systems.

To start with, a grand GAWeek 2012 kick-off event is happening on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Keene Public Library, 60 Winter St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details about the event and to register for the free training sessions, visit www.nhga.net.

In addition, a giant map of Africa awaits exploration at Heberton Hall, Keene Public Library, for the entire week. Contact Gail Zachariah at 352-0157 for more information.

The brightly colored giant map of Africa is 26 feet by 35 feet and clearly illustrates oceans, seas, rivers, mountains, countries and capitals. The map comes with a trunk of rich activities, games, props and educational resources.

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