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The 2002 iGeo - Durban, South Africa

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Durban, South Africa - 2002 iGeo

International Geographical Union 2002 Schools' Geography Olympiad
Durban, South Africa
2nd to 7th August, 2002

Organising Committee
Kevin Winter (Chairperson) - Environmental & Geographical Science, University of CapeTown
Peter Beets - Geography Subject Adbvisor, Western Cape Education Department
Morris Chauke - Mbilwi Secondary School Geography Teacher, South Africa
Kerry Pile - Geography Department, Witwatersrand University

Chairperson's Report
It has been a great pleasure to host the 4th International Schools Geography Olympiad in South Africa. As the organizing committee, we intended the event to be fun, a good cultural exchange and as a way to expose participants to a progressive form of geography which is being practiced in some South African schools. The fact that we had the privilege of working with the best students from 12 different countries and excellent educators who accompanied these teams made the whole event thoroughly enjoyable. We would gladly organize another event! Most comments made in the evaluation of Olympiad suggest echoes these sentiments.

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)
Evaluation Report

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Fieldwork:
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Results

Photo participants 1     Photo participants 2

Team results

Country

Rank

FS

KQ

PS

DM

Overall

Romania

1st

33

49.5

59

41

182.5

Poland

2nd

32

45

48

42

167

Belarus

3rd

29

47.5

55

32,5

164

Slovenia

4th

32

35

54

41

162

Latvia

5th

26

49

51

35.5

161.5

Germany

6th

31

37.5

56

34

158.5

Czech Rep

7th

25

46,5

50

29

150.5

Israel

8th

24

33

58

34.5

149.5

Russia

9th

30

38

49

32

149

Netherlands

10th

26

43

47

32,5

148.5

South Africa

11th

26

33.25

47

41.5

147.5

Taiwan

12th

28

37.25

43

35

143.25

Individual winners  (quiz section)

1st

Florin Olteanu

Romania

55/60

2nd

Kaspers Verldre

Latvia

53/60

3rd

Oskar Jackel

Netherlands

51/60

3rd

Vladmir Podguskov

Russia

51/60


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