ABOUT

REGISTER HERE for the 2020 World Knowledge Olympiad

Overview

The World Knowledge Olympiad is a longstanding national Olympiad for Grade 6 – 12 learners in South African schools.

The aim of the Olympiad is to test the general knowledge of learners from Grades 6 – 12 and encourage them to access appropriate media sources to expand their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. In so doing learners develop 21st century skills such as curiosity, self-driven learning, personal initiative and global awareness.

The World Knowledge Olympiad provides an opportunity to challenge your school and your learners to test their general knowledge against the rest of the country.

Grade 6 and 7 learners write the primary schools’ paper and Grades 8 – 12 write the secondary schools’ paper.

Each learner that participates in the World Knowledge Olympiad will receive a certificate.

History

The World Knowledge Olympiad was founded in 1992 by Prof Nico Du Plessis*, who obtained his PhD at the University of the Free State. He was a Mathematics teacher at Grey College Bloemfontein from 1963 to 1982 and became a Professor at the UFS Dept of Education in Curriculum studies in 1983.

In his years of teaching and lecturing, Prof du Plessis became aware of the younger generation’s lack of general knowledge and decided to implement a World Knowledge Olympiad (WKO).

The first WKO for senior learners took place in 1992 and was such a success that the WKO for primary school learners was implemented in 1996. By 2015 more than 23 000 learners from Grade 6 – 12 were participating in the WKO.

2020 saw the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and due to the resultant school closures and disruptions, the World Knowledge Olympiad  will be held in an online format for the first time.

*Prof Nico passed away in 2017 and will be remembered by the WKO community as a dedicated, honest, loyal and loving person who was always a wonderful host.

Why take part in WKO?

  • Encourages learners to expand their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.
  • Develops 21st century skills such as curiosity, self-driven learning, personal initiative and global awareness.
  • An opportunity to challenge your school and your learners to test their general knowledge against the rest of the country.
  • As a nationally recognised Olympiad, this is a great addition to a personal CV for scholarship and university applications.
  • Each learner who participates in WKO will receive a certificate.
  • Prizes for top performers.

Prizes

The 10 learners in South Africa with the highest marks in each Grade, will have their names published with the results on the WKO website. They will also receive “Top 10 certificates” couriered to their schools.

Prizes will be awarded to learners obtaining first, second and third places nationally in each grade from Grades 8 – 12.

  • Gr. 8 to 12 First prize R1 000, second prize R600, third prize R400

Each learner who enters for the World Knowledge Olympiad will receive a certificate of participation.

Results

The relevant set of results for each participating school will be emailed to the school’s WKO contact teacher.

2019 results

CONGRATULATIONS to R Rawoot from Star College Bridgetown who received top marks in the 2019 secondary school paper and to D Osman from Osman Home School who received top marks in the 2019 primary school paper.

The TOP 10 learners nationally per grade 2019
The TOP 10 learners nationally per grade 2018
The TOP 10 learners nationally per grade 2017

The World Knowledge Olympiad has been owned and managed by Jakes Gerwel Fellowship since 2018.

Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is an aspirational fellowship which identifies high potential students who, through financial support, high quality teacher education and professional induction, become expert teachers, educational leaders and social entrepreneurs who will lead system change to achieve quality education for all learners.

To learn more about the Jakes Gerwel Fellowship, click here.

Here is what some of our 2019 participating schools had to say about WKO:

“Kids love it!”

“Rates amongst the best in terms of administration and quality”

“Questions are relevant and quite intriguing”

“Increased the kids’ love for knowledge”

“Very efficient and user-friendly”

“I just loved the experience! Great job!”