School Geography Challenge Launches

Dan Mew

School competition aiming to inspire young geographers

This week, African Adventures launches its exciting School Geography Challenge, which aims to increase understanding of challenges to development in Africa and will result in one school taking an all-inclusive volunteering trip to Kenya.

The national competition, the first of its kind, aims to take young geography students on an educational journey and raise awareness of geographical impacts that affect developing areas.

Competition details:
  • Year 9 & 10 students across the UK eligible to enter
  • Focused on the potential impacts of El Nino flooding and international development
  • Submissions can be worked on either during lessons or as an extra-curricular activity
  • Registration must take place by 25th November and the competition closes on 23rd December
  • Live final will take place in April 2017
Why schools should get involved:
  • Comprehensive resource pack is supplied so teachers can use for lesson plans
  • Students will learn about the impact of El Nino and challenges to development in Africa
  • Students will have the opportunity to challenge themselves at a live final, competing against other schools
  • Winning school will win a trip to Kenya, for four students and two teachers, to see international development in action
  • Two runner-up schools will receive prizes


The competition is being supported by leading UK awarding body OCR, Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) and the School Travel Forum (STF), with sponsorship from Kenya Airways. CLOtC and Kenya Airways shared their thoughts on being involved:

“We are pleased to be supporting the School Geography Challenge. It is a great way to extend pupils’ learning in geography and increase their awareness of international development through real world experiences.”

Victoria Wilcher, Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

“Kenya Airways is delighted to be involved with African Adventures and the School Geography Challenge. This wonderful initiative allows schools to learn more about Africa but also about the challenges that these countries face.  Kenya Airways’ CSR policy worldwide focuses on Education, Health and Environment throughout Africa, which complements the School Geography Challenge.”

Sally Peters, Kenya Airways

With over 60 schools already having registered their interest, the School Geography Challenge is set to take a generation of young geographers by storm! African Adventures is excited about the awareness that will be raised amongst young people about real issues affecting the world around them.

If you would like to find out more about the School Geography Challenge, for full T&Cs and to register your school, please visit our web page or contact us via email.