CANA­DIAN STU­DENTS TO COM­PETE IN 2018 IN­TER­NA­TIONAL GE­OG­RA­PHY OLYMPIAD

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For the first time ever, four se­nior ge­og­ra­phy stu­dents will be se­lected through a Cana­dian Ge­og­ra­phy Olympiad to rep­re­sent their na­tion at the In­ter­na­tional Ge­og­ra­phy Olympiad, to be held in Que­bec City in Au­gust 2018. There, top 16- to 19-year-old stu­dents from around the world will show­case their tal­ents in an ex­cit­ing four-day com­pe­ti­tion. While the an­nual Can Geo Chal­lenge has drawn thou­sands of Grade 4 to 10s to com­pete for the ti­tle of top ge­og­ra­phy stu­dent since the 1990s, Canada has never fielded a se­nior team for the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. The Olympiad’s pur­pose is to test stu­dents’ knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing of ge­o­graphic skills and con­cepts, but also to stim­u­late ac­tive in­ter­est in ge­o­graph­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tal stud­ies among young peo­ple, and at the global level fa­cil­i­tate in­ter­ac­tions be­tween stu­dents from dif­fer­ent coun­tries, thereby con­tribut­ing (even if in a small way) to the un­der­stand­ing be­tween na­tions.

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