The Jakarta Post
A magnetic compass rests on a world map. (Shutterstock/Triff)
A team of Indonesian students became the all-round champions at the 2019 International Geography Olympiad (IGeo) hosted by Hong Kong from July 30 to Aug. 5.
The Olympiad team comprises Fernando from Sutomo 1 Senior High School in Medan, North Sumatra, Fayola from Methodist 3 Senior High School in Medan, North Sumatra, Hadyan F. Anshori from Insan Cendikia Islamic Senior High School in Gorontalo, North Sulawesi and Agista Kumala Dewi from Semesta BBS Senior High School in Semarang, Central Java. They won two gold medals and two silver medals, the Education and Culture Ministry wrote on its website.
Fernando, Fayola, Hadyan and Agista competed against 176 students from 44 countries, through three stages of competition: the Written Response Test, the Fieldwork Test and the Multimedia Test. The team accumulated the highest overall total score of 262.91, followed by the United States with 254.62 and the United Kingdom with 252.19.
Juandanilsyah, head of the student subdirectorate and senior high school council directorate of the Education and Culture Ministry said that this was the first time for Indonesia to win all-round in the IGeo.
He said the Education and Culture Ministry would reward the students with scholarships up until university.
“Our support, aid programs [and] assistance [for the students] to continue to higher education would be given [freely],” said Juandanilsyah to the press at Terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Tuesday.
Indonesian Geography Olympiad team coordinator Samsul Bachri said in a statement that this year’s success can be largely credited to the hard work of assistants and professors, especially with drills on practical training and written test training, all presented through online, distant learning. (sal/mut)