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Ninth World Affairs Challenge

Saturday, April 16, 2011
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Event Type:
Taylor Watson
Location Details:
San Francisco State University , 1600 Holloway Ave

On April 16 2011, global education non-profit World Savvy will host San Francisco’s Ninth Annual World Affairs Challenge™ in partnership with San Francisco State University.

WHO: Nearly 600 students, volunteer judges, educational leaders, and community guests are expected to take part. Students from 23 middle and high schools around the Bay Area will participate in this event.

WHAT: The World Affairs Challenge™ is an academic program and competition focused on this year’s central theme: Food: Feeding the World Sustainably in the 21st Century. Throughout the fall and winter, students work in teams to prepare a comprehensive presentation and showcase of proposed solutions on issues related to the political, economic, environmental and social impacts of food. Students also study current affairs and world geography in preparation for a global knowledge quiz, and practice their teamwork skills for the collaborative question, a group problem-solving activity in which students are grouped with youth from other schools to solve a real- world scenario.

On the day of the World Affairs Challenge™ these four activities—the presentation, the showcase, the quiz, and the collaborative question—provide youth the opportunity to present their findings and opinions as well as to be listened to and respected by their peers and adults who serve as observers and judges.

WHEN: Saturday, April 16, 2011 5 – 9am-4: 30pm

WHERE: San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco

WHY: Many of today’s most pressing issues - protecting the environment, addressing health crises like the cholera outbreak in Haiti, halting terrorism and responding to the worldwide economic crisis – are global in scope and can only be effectively addressed with international cooperation. To succeed personally and professionally in this global context, students must be equipped with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes for global citizenship. The World Affairs Challenge helps students develop the global competencies necessary to effectively problem solve on a global level.

Participate: To help make this event a meaningful experience for students, World Savvy invites individuals from the community to serve as judges, proctors, and general volunteers on Challenge Day. Anyone who has an appreciation for international affairs and education is welcome; no prior knowledge of the theme is required. I hope you will consider supporting Bay Area youth as they explore solutions to some of our world’s most pressing food-related issues, including hunger, nutrition, sustainable agriculture, the environmental impact of our food system, trade and much more. Please sign up by March 18th to participate as a volunteer at

For more information contact taylor [at] or visit

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