Support for the Work of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction in the Developing World
The International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) is another commission of IMU. ICMI is devoted to the development of mathematical education at all levels. Founded 1908 in Rome, it offers today a forum to promote reflection, collaboration, exchange and dissemination of ideas on the teaching and learning of mathematics, from primary to university level. The work of ICMI stimulates the growth, synthesis, and dissemination of new knowledge (research) and of resources for instruction (curricular materials, pedagogical methods, uses of technology, etc.).
The CDC periodically offers support to ICMI for its programmes, exhibits and workshops in emerging countries, especially in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
In 2011 the EDIMATHS project in Mali, the pilot program of ICMI's Capacity and Network Project (CANP) has been supported by CDC.
Capacity & Networking Project (CANP)
CANP aims to enhance mathematics education at all levels in developing countries so that their people are capable of meeting the challenges they face. It will develop the educational capacity of those responsible for mathematics teachers, and create sustained and effective regional networks of teachers, mathematics educators and mathematicians, also linking them to international support.
CANP consists of an on-going series of programs in a different developing region each year. The first program will be in Mali in September, 2011. The second will be in Central America in 2012. The third will be in South East Asia in 2013 to build on existing developing initiatives in Cambodia and Nepal. Each program will have, at its center, a two-week workshop of about forty participants, half from the host country and half from regional neighbours'.
It will be primarily aimed at mathematics teacher educators, but will also include mathematicians, researchers, policy-makers, and key teachers. Each workshop will have associated activities such as public lectures, satellite workshops for students, or exhibitions reaching out to a broad audience.
The first program was held in Bamako in Mali in September 2011. Other participating countries were: Burkina-Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, and Senegal. Mali was selected to host because of an existing link with European mathematics educators, and the presence of an UNESCO office in Bamako that will assist with coordination and support.
More information can be found here.
More details are on the ICMI website, here.