Session 1: Introduction and locating Odisha

Geography (Ages 11-14)
Session 1: Introduction and locating Odisha
  • Introduction to Miriam Hyman and the Miriam’s Vision resource
  • Introduction to India
  • Locating India and Odisha
Key Messages
  • Miriam’s Vision is the Hyman family’s way of trying to help you to create a safer, more inclusive society in response to what happened to Miriam.
  • Miriam's memorial, the Miriam Hyman Children's Eye Care Centre, is in the Indian state of Odisha.
  • Introduce the MV Geography module.


  • Make links between Miriam, her story and the location of Odisha
  • Locate India and Odisha
  • Introduce India's developmental issues.
  • Understand the wider purpose of their study with respect to the key message above
  • Locate Asia, India and Odisha on maps
  • Create a fact file about Odisha
Links to National Curriculum

Equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments.



  • MV Resource 0 Info for Students.pdf is a single page summary of Miriam's Vision and its aims. Print and distribute a copy to each student. Read together and discuss.
  • Show Miriam's Story videos 1 to 4 of 4. Elicit responses from students about the Miriam Hyman Children’s Eye Care Centre and introduce its location, Odisha, as the focus of your Geographical enquiry for this module.
  • Now show Geography resource 1.1 Intro Powerpoint to recap the key points of Miriam’s Story and to introduce the focus of your Geographical enquiry. Discuss as appropriate.
    • Slide 1 Introduce the theme, Different Backgrounds, Common Ground.
    • Slide 2 Introduce module content (Find out about Miriam Hyman and the state of Odisha in India, create a fact file about Odisha’s people, culture, physical features, natural resources and economic activities, explore Odisha’s conflicts of interest over land and natural resources, and relate your geographical enquiry of Odisha to other situations, including your own location and life.) Discuss the phrases in bold to ensure understanding.
    • Slides 3 & 4 Introduce Miriam Hyman.
    • Slide 5 Introduce the Miriam Hyman Children's Eye Care Centre (Miriam's memorial) and locate India on a world map. If available, have students locate their own country and India on world maps or globes.
    • Slide 6 Locate the state of Odisha.
    • Slide 7 Locate Odisha's capital city, Bhubaneswar.
    • Slides 8-10 Introduce Pipili, home of the famous craft of appliqué.
    • Slide 11 Introduce mining as a major part of the local economy.
    • Slide 12 Introduce tourism as a major part of the local economy.
    • Slide 13 Introduce presence of tribes.
    • Slide 14 Introduce the geographical enquiry: Investigate Odisha’s geography using the theme Different Backgrounds, Common Ground to examine: How human and economic processes influence landscapes, environments and the climate, and conflicts of interest, especially over resources.


  • For your own reference you can access detailed official background information here: Odisha Economic Survey 2020-2021.
  • In groups, students explore the region of Odisha to create a fact file about the region, its physical features, natural resources, economic activity, people and culture. You may want to differentiate by format (for example posters, electronic presentations such as Powerpoint, or even a short video), and by the number of items they include. You could assign one aspect to each group for deeper investigation.
  • Split students into (mixed ability) groups and provide them with printed copies of MV Geography resource 1.2 Odisha maps (1 copy per group). What can be observed in and inferred from the maps? If possible, give students access to the internet.
  • N.B. As the name of the state was only changed from "Orissa" in 2012, many online references use its previous name so students may need to use that as well as "Odisha" as a search term

If it is not possible for students to have internet access, you may want to print out various pages, 1 copy for each group. Suggested websites for research:


Share group fact files in class feedback.

  • What did they find out?
  • Was there anything particularly interesting, surprising or inspiring?
  • End by referring to the theme, Different Backgrounds, Common Ground. Consider similarities and differences between Odisha and your own region.


In a table with two columns, list the geographical similarities and differences between Odisha and your region. You could differentiate by requiring students to state whether aspects are physical or human. Examples: Physical: Odisha has coastline. Does our region have any coastline? Human: The sizes of the populations are different. What are they? Also differentiate by number of items required.