Thursday 23 January 2020

Children unable to find UK on map

One of the giant globes that Heathrow Airport installed within each of its terminals to help children learn more about geography
One of the giant globes that Heathrow Airport installed within each of its terminals to help children learn more about geography

More than three-quarters of British children have been abroad - but one in 10 cannot find the UK on a map, a new survey suggests.

The Heathrow study of 1,000 children between the ages of six and 10 also revealed that 41% of them did not know that the UK is in Europe.

They found that 78% of the children had been abroad, 48% going to Spain by the age of 10 and 42% to France.

However, 45% could not find Spain on a map and 36% were unable to identify the location of France.

The USA was the third most popular holiday destination, with 19% of those surveyed having crossed the pond - but 42% did not know where it was, and 5% believing it shared a border with the UK.

The children performed better when asked to find countries outside of Europe, with 78% correctly identifying Australia, while 73% knew where Russia was.

Perhaps explaining their lack of knowledge when it comes to geography, 24% of the children said they did not know what an atlas was.

Heathrow has installed giant globes in its terminals in time for the Easter holidays to help children locate their destination - and maybe that of the UK.

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