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A Focus on Math Education

NATIONAL MATHEMATICS CONGRESS

Sponsorship of the National Mathematics Congress has continued since 2009. The objective of the Congress is to improve the standard of mathematics education at primary and secondary levels across Namibia with teachers, both primary and secondary, participating to upgrade their mathematical and professional knowledge and skills. The 9th Congress, held over three days in April 2014, had close to 300 attendees and is now a key event on the educational calendar. The positive feedback received from this year’s participants clearly showed the benefit of supporting this important initiative.

MATHEMATICS SUPPORT AND ENRICHMENT PROGRAMME

This programme, initiated by Langer Heinrich in 2011 and developed by the founder of the National Mathematics Congress, focuses on the development of mathematical process skills such as problem solving, reasoning, communicating and making connections. It is aimed at secondary school learners who have the potential to excel in the more advanced levels offered and provides curriculum support lessons throughout the year. Various mathematics competitions were held and a Spring School was conducted in August 2013 with 66 of the 84 students who attended being fully sponsored through the programme.

The 2013 project yielded excellent results, with many students achieving above average marks, and all participants passing their mathematics subject.

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