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Education and Capacity Building

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.  

Workshops: Finding Online Information in Mathematics

As an initiative from the European Mathematical Society Committee for Developing Countries (EMS-CDC), workshops have been initiated on the topic on how to find and access online information resources in mathematics. The aim of the workshops is that they should be as participatory as possible, and that hands-on experience is the key to learning and understanding.

So far four workshop have been held and were funded by the IMU Developing Countries Strategy Group and EMS-CDC in collaboration.

The first workshop was held at the mathematics department of Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia,October 19-21 and the second at the CIMPA School held in Bamako, Mali, November 20-21. The third was held at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mocambique, June 6-10, 2011 and the forth was held jointed at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport as well as RUPP, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Aug 8-12, 2011.

Facilitator of both workshops was Anders Wändahl, librarian at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, as well as a member of the EMS-CDC.

All materials and hand-outs for the EMS-CDC workshops are available at a dedicated webpage where it can be freely downloaded and used. Please click here.

A paper written by Anders Wandahl and deposited at arXiv will give more information, please click here.


last updated: 2011-11-29