Dr Barrie Barnard represented AIMSSEC as winners of the UNESCO-Hamdan Prize in its 2nd cycle and attended the prize ceremony in Paris for the 3rd cycle on 7 October. The fact that this ceremony was presented in Paris made the award internationally more known and reminded Barrie of how special it was for AIMSSEC to have won the award in 2012. He said: “This inspired me to work even harder in future to have greater impact on teacher training for mathematics teachers from rural areas in South Africa”.
He also attended the World Teachers Day (WTD) conference 6 – 7th October. It gave him the opportunity to network with the previous and current cycle winners of the Hamdan Award, and with high ranking researchers and education specialists from around the world, as well as meeting new possible funders. He attended all the sessions of the WTD conference and was updated on the latest knowledge and trends in education, e.g. the launch that took place on 6 October of the “Advocacy toolkit for teachers to provide a quality education”.
“Our involvement with the UNESCO-Hamdan Award over the last three years has been truly inspiring and the latest celebration in Paris helped us to re-dedicate ourselves to provide quality teacher training and to offer our AIMSEC experiences to the other AIMS centres in Africa: AIMS Ghana, AIMS Cameroon, AIMS Senegal and AIMS Tanzania”.
The photo shows His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktotum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance of the UAE and Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO to his right. The 3rd cycle winners are: SOS Children’s Villages from Madagascar, Oxfam Novib (ONL) and Education International from Belgium and ProEd Foundation from Panama.