Feature: Investing in Innovation

IAYG Family-led partnership works with IDEA Africa to pilot new curriculum technology in South Sudan

16 DECEMBER 2019

The World Partnership for Educational Innovation in South Sudan, founded by the IAYG Family and the Ministry of General Education and Instruction of South Sudan, is working with IDEA Africa, a Johannesburg-based education technology company, to explore the introduction of new and innovative education devices in Juba schools.

Today, IAYG Family President Phillip Meng spoke with Komali Yenneti and Gaurav Sikka, Director and Treasurer of the International Geographical Union Young and Early Career Geographers Taskforce (IGU-YECG) to plan programmes for the year ahead. In the meeting, Mr. Meng confirmed that IAYG Geographic & Global Education will deepen its long-held support for the International Geographical Union (IGU) Young and Early Career Geographers Taskforce. Throughout 2020, the IAYG Family will invest in IGU-YECG’s digital presence, expand collaboration for the introduction of a new student journal focused on geography & global studies in the Asia-Pacific region, jointly organize a young geographers’ Best Paper event at the 34th International Geographic Congress in Istanbul, and deepen shared commitments to GeoInterns and other career development programmes.

Since 2017, IAYG has provided significant in-kind support to the Taskforce. The Taskforce’s digital programming and resource pages are hosted with IAYG, and additionally, IAYG and IGU-YECG have partnered to introduce new programs aimed at supporting young geographers, including IAYG’s new GeoInterns project, as well as young geographers’ best paper awards and other events offered jointly by IGU-YECG and IAYG at the IGU conference in Québec (2018), the IGU-India event in Guwahati (2019), and Institute of Australian Geographers conference in Hobart, Tasmania (2019). 

Asked to comment, Mr. Meng noted that “we think of IGU-YECG as being part of the ‘extended IAYG Family’. Our goal has been to make our support and collaboration as extensive as any other IAYG Family team. I’m grateful to Komali, Gaurav, and the entire IGU-YECG team for joining us in supporting the future of students and young researchers in geography and global studies, and to the International Geographical Union for their continued pioneering support of this cause.”

To learn more about the Taskforce, visit igu.younggeographers.org. Information about jointly planned events at the 34th International Geographical Congress is available here.


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