SAIIA’s annual Interschools Quiz began in 1993, out of a hope to see South Africans of all backgrounds involved in the future of the nation’s international affairs.
More than fifty schools in the Cape Town area participate each year, representing a broad socio-economic and geographic range. Learners answer questions on world affairs, based on ten days of readings from the Cape Times (delivered free to the schools) plus two SAIIA articles.
After a tense but exhilarating question period, a winning team is declared; that team takes home a cash prize for their school and also attends the SAIIA Young Leaders’ Conference in Johannesburg at the end of the year.
In another sense, however, everyone wins. All participating schools receive a stack of books for their libraries and, as one educator noted about the students involved from his school, ‘This quiz opens their world view’.
The Quiz is organised by the Western Cape branch of the South African Institute of International Affairs. For more information on the Quiz and how to participate, contact email@example.com.