OUR APPROACH TO A BETTER WORLD
BY FUTURE GEOGRAPHERS
By providing a structure and network for high school youth to create well knowledge of the course and discipline geography and communities development, NFG has designed an approach that helps high school-age youth to form the belief that it is possible for them to make the world a better place, not only for themselves but for their fellow men by understanding and appreciating geography in their lives.
1. Supporting Young Geographers
Geography is about the future and encourages flexible thinking. Future geographers are the engines of economic wealth creation, and have skills that are useful for national development. NFG identifies high schools and their surrounding communities that are willing to help their youth to learn and appreciate geography, and then provides the support network for them to pursue opportunities to create their projects and geographic ideas to make a better society for all. Students will be supported to tackle problems such as global warming, destruction of our reefs and forests, loss of important plants and animals, pollution, increasing poverty, unemployment, devaluation, and nutritional problems, which are some of the well known results of inappropriate development.
2. Expanding Global Networks
Members of the NFG will be part of an international network that is part of various GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETIES around the world. This is not only showing results to improve education and people’s understanding of geography, but also bringing together geographers, civic and education leaders for the improvement of their local communities. Local communities, in turn, are often directly affected by global actors and actions. Network schools will be created outside for local schools to do projects with and exchange ideas from each other.
3. Furthering Civic Engagement and Building Social Capital
In order to be good citizens in a democratic world, it is important that each person be educated and informed about the public issues affecting their professional and personal lives. Also, in order to be responsible future geographers, it is important that these individuals know how local, state and national laws affect their business, as well as who is passing such laws (i.e., politicians). It is also important that students understand the importance of their involvement in the larger community, and that those who benefit from democracy have a civic duty to participate in the process. By participating in voluntary organizations like NFG, they are strengthening their communities by providing a youthful source of social capital.
4. Promoting geographic learning and Environmental Awareness
The study and understanding of geography is not or should not only be about appreciating geographic phenomena but also practicing and utilizing available resources judiciously to the benefit of the society and future generations. We encourage NFG teams to adopt this philosophy and become ambassadors who will also teach others why there is the need to protect and preserve our environment and also adapt to certain practices that will help to care for the environment.
5. Organising Competitions
The NFG experience begins with small-scale efforts by high school students, and provides them with an early taste of success. It also provides a stage where they can describe their successful geography stories and projects to others. And for those students who are exceptionally creative and innovative, a national and world stage is offered. By hosting state, national and international tournaments, NFG gives high school NFG teams the chance to benchmark their programs against other outstanding teams, with the goal of continuous improvement from year to year.