Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has welcomed the announcement that Ordinance Survey are continuing their 'Free Maps for 11 Year Olds' scheme for the seventh year running.
Mr Gibson urged schools across the far north to take up the offer which gives every primary school pupil in primary or year 7 a free map. Last year 54,408 maps were issued throughout Scotland and schools are being urged to get their orders in.
Mr Gibson said;
"The free maps for schools initiative is an excellent way to provide children with a valuable learning tool. Anything that helps children learn and interest them in a subject should be welcomed.
"It has been well received in past years and hopefully this year will be no different. I would urge schools to get their orders in as soon as possible. Ordinance Survey have indicated that most schools should receive their maps by Christmas but if the demand is higher that may be January at the latest.
The easiest way to order them is to go online at: www.ordinancesurvey.co.uk/freemapsfor11yearolds and follow the instructions. The maps are also available to home educators on the same website by clicking on the 'Home Educators Ordering' link."