Welcome to the GTAV Annual Conference for 2020…
The GTAV Conference is a vibrant event to exchange our knowledge, renew our friendships and celebrate all things Geographical.
What will become an instructive geographical case study will be the tiny virus that has exerted such enormous power and change across the globe. It has reminded us of how connected we are without prejudice or boundaries, even making us in a strange way united. While we are deeply saddened by the state of the world and the fate of so very many, we have been reminded to value the simple things in life that we often take for granted in our busy lives.
Now, more than ever, we need to bring understanding to our students; understanding that this is one of the many facets of our wonderful planet. Many are anxious, fearful and resentful that their lives are so drastically impacted. As teachers, you can show them the path forward, in creative and critical thinking about issues, in seeing employment pathways for their future and in balancing their own reactions to an extraordinary year.
The GTAV has the mission to advance Geography by providing a meeting ground as well as sponsoring and supporting activities that may assist Geography teachers in practicing their profession.
As Executive Officer, I sincerely welcome you to our great “meeting ground” today and hope you will leave the day invigorated, refreshed and seeing Geography as it is: a vital subject which takes all our students forward… that it is the great ‘Power of Change’.
Leticia Delmenico. Executive Officer.
Acknowledgement of Country
We would like to begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we meet today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We extend that respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples here today.