Cross-Pollination in Mathematics Education Workshop 2019

African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Ghana

29 April – 3rd May 2019


Biriwa, Ghana

Workshop aims and goals

The goal of this workshop is to provide a platform for educators from across the African continent to discuss implementation, sustainability, scalability, impact, good practices and challenges for a range of maths education initiatives. The workshop will target three different groups:

  1. a core team of local and international teachers, scientists, researchers and community leaders, that have long-term involvement in a collaboration of maths education initiatives across the African continent. This collaboration is centered around groups who organize maths camps in different African countries, which constitute one of the key initiatives;
  2. invited participants that are in the position to play a key role in initiating, scaling and expanding future initiatives;
  3. representatives of Ghana-based organizations with potential to impact the educational landscape of the mathematical sciences in Ghana, such as the Ministry of Education, local NGOs and educational groups.

By bringing these actors together, we hope to achieve cross-pollination of math education initiatives on a wider scale.

Within the context of the workshop, we plan to officially launch AMI Ghana – a sister organisation to the Kenyan NGO, AMI (African Mathematics Initiatives). Moreover, a key component of the workshop will be to develop a strategy for 2020 and the years to come. We hope that this workshop provides a platform for maths educators to share insights, ideas, challenges and plans for future initiatives in maths education. Exposure within the international community and especially within the community of math educators in Ghana will support recruitment of future volunteers and partner organisations. This will be an important step in building a pan-African community of maths educators that are passionate about having real impact.


The workshop consists of two parts. The first part lasts 3 days and involves the core team. The second part lasts 2 days and is intended for a broader audience.

  • Part 1 (April 29th to May 1st): The first three days will be a discussion-driven workshop allowing participants to share their experiences and visions, and formulate goals for the future. The first part of the workshop is by invitation only.  Participants for Part 1 are automatically invited for Part 2 also.
  • Part 2 (May 2nd to May 3rd): The second part of the workshop is open to the public, however only a limited number of places are available.

Each day will build upon the previous days and the leading topics will be:

  1. How is change in mathematics education being achieved?
  2. How to make this change sustainable and scalable?
  3. How does it impact development in Africa?

Key concepts include

  • Theory of change including pathways for impact of mathematics education in a broader context.
  • How to convert existing successes into new scalable initiatives.
  • Investigate opportunities of using technology as an enabler for learning and reaching communities.

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Organizing Committee