On Tynwald Day the One World Centre set a deceptively simple challenge: how big is Africa?
People visiting the Centre’s stall on the Fairfield were given an outline map of Africa and told that it has the same area as the following countries combined: Belgium, China, Eastern Europe, France, Germany, Greece, India, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the US. The challenge was to sketch all these into the map of Africa, showing their relative size.
55 people accepted the challenge, most of them astonished to see that Africa is big enough to accommodate all the other countries. Robert Kelly was the under 18 winner, Rob Fletcher the 18+ winner. They each won a Co-operative voucher, kindly donated by the Co-operative’s membership department.
Rosemary Clarke, the new One World Centre director, said, ‘I have been working in Global Education for many years, but my own attempt was far from accurate. I was delighted with the way that so many youngsters put a lot of thought into their submissions. And many of them were impressively close to the solution – this made the judging almost as hard as taking part!’