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Our expertise and high standards are reflected in our accreditations by key industry bodies, demonstrating our belief in doing things the right way to protect our volunteers. In addition, our success in recent awards shows that others believe in us as we believe in ourselves and the work we are doing. As an organisation, we strive to be forever improving what we offer in order to provide the very best service to our partner projects and volunteers. We also believe in projects that indirectly connect to our work that have a positive impact on others and our industry. Our School Geography Challenge aims to increase understanding of challenges to development in Africa. Our hope is that we can encourage young people to start thinking about the small, but very important, impact they can have on the world, with an increased appreciation and awareness of life in other countries.

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African Adventures’ School Geography Challenge

Increasing understanding of challenges to development in Africa

We believe in projects that indirectly connect to our work that have a positive impact on others and our industry. Our School Geography Challenge aims to increase understanding of challenges to development in Africa. Our hope is that we can encourage young people to start thinking about the small, but very important, impact they can have on the world, with an increased appreciation and awareness of life in other countries.

“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 and the development challenges that many of its countries are faced with.”

Kenya Airways Sky Team - Key Sponsor

“The high-quality teaching and learning resources provided give students the opportunity to engage with some complex issues affecting Kenya. We can see huge value in this challenge and would encourage schools to get involved.”

OCR - Partner

“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.”

Council for Learning Outside the Classroom - Partner
We are delighted to announce that the winners of the School Geography Challenge are Stafford Grammar School!

The team of four girls showed incredible motivation and engagement with the challenge and the resources they submitted were extremely creative and very well thought out.

The final itself was a fantastic day with impressive commitment shown by all the schools that attended. There was a real buzz about the task they were set and all of the students threw themselves into it, with the exciting prospect of a trip to Kenya on the cards for the winners. The judges were blown away by the dedication and application of all the students and by the quality of the work submitted. Massive congratulations to all of the schools involved, as the standard was extremely high, and a special mention for Millais as runners-up.

An experience of a lifetime for Stafford Grammar girls

Our School Geography Challenge winners, Chloe, Mollie, Alishba and Becky, along with their teachers, Miss Butler and Mrs Saxon, have returned from their Kenya adventure, which took place during the last week of June. The girls spent the week volunteering at The Walk Centre and Chaddy Mission School; two projects they had become familiar with during the School Geography Challenge competition. This was a unique and life-changing experience for the girls as it enabled them to build on the knowledge acquired in the competition rounds and to see first-hand the real challenges to development in Nakuru. In particular, a visit to the Hilton dumpsite, where many of the children who attend The Walk Centre live, was a startling example of this. The group also had the opportunity to explore the surrounding area with a visit to Lake Nakuru National Park, the Equator and Thomson Falls. The whole experience has allowed the girls to step out of their comfort zones, bond as a team and gain a broader perspective of the wider world; all of which will help them develop as individuals.

The Stafford group has been brilliant and they should all be proud of what they have achieved throughout the Challenge. We hope that they have returned home with wonderful memories from their adventure.

To see how they spent their week, have a read of our blog below.

The Stafford Grammar girls have also kept a blog of their journey, which can be found at: staffordgrammarschoolkenya2017.wordpress.com/.

School Geography Challenge
Day One: The Adventure Begins…

The day has arrived for our School Geography Challenge winners, Stafford Grammar School, to embark on their volunteer trip to Kenya.

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School Geography Challenge
Day Two: The Walk Centre

The group travel to The Walk Centre, where they will spend their time volunteering, and receive a warm welcome from the children with singing and smiles.

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School Geography Challenge
Day Three: The Walk Centre donation day

Today, the group make their return to The Walk Centre, with the van fully loaded with donations for the children, and they continue their volunteer work.

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School Geography Challenge
Day Four: Rift Valley Adventure Day

An early rise and the group head out on their Rift Valley adventure to explore the magnificent Lake Nakuru National Park, visit the Equator and trek down to the bottom of Thomson Falls.

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School Geography Challenge
Day Five: Volunteering at Chaddy Mission School

Today, the group volunteer at Chaddy Mission School, the school they studied as part of the SGC final, and spend their time teaching and helping out with the feeding programme.

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School Geography Challenge
Day Six: Part two at Chaddy Mission School

An early start with a church visit then day two at Chaddy Mission School where the girls get stuck into painting the front gate followed by an entertaining school talent contest.

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School Geography Challenge
Day Seven: Farewell day at The Walk Centre

It is farewell day at The Walk Centre, a more informal day being a Saturday, and the girls spend their last volunteer hours enjoying playground activities with the children.

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Photos from the Live Final

“I was quite unaware of the issues. I had seen stuff on TV about poverty but never realised education was such a big issue.”

“We’re quite privileged here in the UK and it’s great to realise how we can help, even if it is just a little bit.”

Montsaye students

“There were so many reasons for getting involved [in the SGC]; great visual resources which were perfect for all learners in the room, including SEN; raising awareness and an interest in development; developing core key skills; and also of course there being a trip to Kenya at stake! The resources were really well pitched and helped develop key skills, such as decision making, which is a core part of the geography GCSE exam. There has been such a buzz about the school about the whole competition – I’ve had year groups approaching me to ask if they can get involved next time!”

Ben Williams – The Green School

“The students were so engaged and seem to love their day and they produced lots of excellent material.”

“For those students that win and the staff that go with them it will be a truly life-changing experience.”

Shelley Monk – OCR