14th National Math congress

Sharlien Tjambari

Monday, 6 May, marked the opening of the 14th National Mathematics Congress. The four-day congress was attended by over 250 mathematics teachers, advisory teachers, UNAM lecturers, mathematics educators from private institutions and officials from the Ministry of Education.

The main objectives of the congress are to reflect on the achievement in Mathematics, to share the challenges, to identify issues affecting numeracy education and most importantly to pave ways for successful implementation of mathematics programs in the country; and to provide an opportunity for exchange of information. This year the congress was focusing on the teaching of the new mathematics curriculum and its assess-ment practices.
During the workshops, teachers were divided in junior and senior primary and into junior and senior secondary phases with each group participating in work-shops particularly aimed at their level of teaching.
The Mayor of Swakopmund Pauline Nashilundo said: “We need to understand the role teachers play in the success of our children; teachers are the most important factor in the lives of learners the moment they enter a classroom”.
The National Mathematics Congress was established in 2006 by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture with the main aim of improving the learning and teaching of mathematics in local schools.
The Managing Director of the Walvis Bay Salt Refinery André Snyman pledged a remarkable N$1 mil-lion, three-year sponsorship towards the National Mathematics Congress.
The Walvis Bay Salt Refinery is the main sponsor of the congress and they have been on board since its inception. “This project is part of our company’s major corporate responsibility and we have stayed on board, providing sponsorship every year because the project is well-run and well-managed. Our company will commit to a 3-year, N$1 mil-lion sponsorship”, said Snyman further.
On behalf of the Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture (MOEAC) Ester-Anna Hipondoka, the Deputy Executive Di-rector of the MOEAC Charles Kabajani said mathematics learning needs to be contextualised as its motivation derives from its concrete uses.
“These teachers will learn from one another on best teaching practices, I believe you will implement what you learn here this week when you get back to your classrooms”.

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