From the 3rd-13th April, AIMSSEC hosted the 27th Mathematical Thinking residential course at Cape Academy. 67 teachers from across South Africa spent 10 days consolidating their mathematical content knowledge, and practicing learner-centred methods of teaching. In addition to the AIMSSEC team, the course was facilitated by volunteers from both South Africa and the UK, who generously gave up their time to help narrow the gap in mathematics education throughout the country. Five of these volunteers were AIMSSEC alumni, and one was an AIMS South Africa alumnus (Frieda Geldenhuys, Honours in Biomathematics, 2015).
The course was a success – most of the teachers work in highly disadvantaged schools, and we believe this course has helped them to improve their teaching technique, allowing their learners to progress further in mathematics. One of the teachers attending the course left us with these kind words:
“I will spread the word and supply information to other schools about this exciting program in Mathematical Thinking, so that we see more educators getting this A-class information in order to uplift the Mathematics pass rate both in our schools and in South Africa at large”.