THE CONCEPT OF REGIONAL SCHOOL ATLASES FOR ETHIOPIAN SCHOOLS
In the states of
African continent educational cartography is in its initial stage of development,
In order to raise the level of teaching geography and other related subjects at schools, fundamental change of attitudes towards maps should be formed. So that, raising the knowledge of maps and the use of them should be the compulsory element of general education at all levels of schools. To attain this, it is necessary to produce cartographic teaching-learning materials, which will become the favorite hand book of school-children and contribute the development of their geographic literacy and upbringing of love to their specific region and country. This kind of product should be an atlas combining the necessary educational maps for schools with colorful pictures, photographs, explanatory texts and self checking questions. Regional school atlases correspond in larger degree to such type of atlases. They will not only fill definite gaps in ensuring educating geography and other related subjects at comprehensive schools, but they can be used as cartographic learning, teaching and training aids. Further more they will be used as reference materials about the region and serve as basic sources of information for tourists, travelers, fishers, hunters and other interested group of people at large.
In the article there
are formulated the purposes and tasks of regional school atlases in accordance
with their significance for education in