In 2010 when I started the NETWORK FOR FUTURE GEOGRAPHERS at the University of Cape Coast to promote and support Geography Education, little did I know that this Network will grow to become a global force for Geographic Learning. Thanks to the support from Colleagues, Teachers, Lecturers and Geography Practitioners, we were able to expand to Nigeria and Benin in 2011. I am grateful to Dr. Comfort Ogunleye Adetona, Abdulkadiri Ademola, Joseph Aro Kayode of Nigeria and Cephas Oro-togbe of Benin for making this possible.
After Seven years of “Developing the next generation of innovative geographers who will help to address the major unmet needs of our global community” the Network has become much stronger and positioned to make Geographic Education in Africa our top most priority.
I am happy to announce that the NETWORK FOR FUTURE GEOGRAPHERS (NFG) with branches in Ghana, Nigeria and Benin has gone into partnership with the INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF YOUNG GEOGRAPHERS (IAYG) to become the INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF YOUNG GEOGRAPHERS OF WEST AFRICA (IAYGWA).
With this partnership, the Network for Future Geographers has become a subsidiary of the International Association of Young Geographers and has been empowered to expand to all parts of West Africa to implement free world-class programs to advance geographic learning.
IAYGWA will continue the work done at Network for Future Geographers but will be empowered with IAYG resources, programs, teams and outreach efforts. We will work together to implement programs and projects across West Africa, expand to more areas, and strengthen our connections with local alliances whiles maximizing our capacity for program development and connections abroad.
Our High school geography programs would be integrated into the world-class IAYG High School Geography Challenge program and Geographical Societies would have access to world-class regular curricular materials.
Our geography teachers will now be exposed to more training programs from world-class geography educators to enhance their classroom skills.
We congratulate all staff, supporters and volunteers of NFG for your efforts and welcome our new partners to Africa.
Watch out for our new website and active social media pages.
For more information about how you can join, open a branch or benefit from this organisation please send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +233-248625714.
ISAAC OSEI APPIAH
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF YOUNG GEOGRAPHERS OF WEST AFRICA