The INTERNATIONAL GEOGRAPHY OLYMPIAD (iGeo)
The 2002 iGeo - Durban, South Africa
International Geographical Union 2002 Schools' Geography Olympiad
A number of issues arose during the course of organizing this event in the context of a developing country which may be of interest. Firstly, we were unable to find suitable accommodation in or around Durban that would be relatively cheap for students from other developing countries and sufficiently private to create something of an island situation. August is a particularly difficult month for southern hemisphere countries because schools, universities and technical institutions are still in progress. Such institutions may have been able to offer more suitable accommodation. Secondly, many developing countries, such as South Africa, do not have the means to support students to attend such events and sponsorship for geographical events is not forthcoming (worldwide). Every effort was made to keep the cost of the event to a minimum. However the cost of travel to and from the event remains a major obstacle. It is suggested that developing countries should seek a partnership with developed countries from the north to assist with the preparation and fund raising so that students from the south can have a fair chance of attending this event. Finally, many countries, such as South Africa, do not have a national competition to select students. Efforts to establish a formal competition should become a priority, both as a means of profiling geography and a means of improving the status of geography teaching in these countries.
I wish to thank the participants of the 4th International Olympiad, team leaders and the organizing committee. Collectively it was a job well done that could only enhance the teaching and learning of geography for the better of society and the environment.
Kevin Winter (Chairperson)
Individual winners (quiz section)