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Capacity & Networking Project (CANP), The Mathematical Sciences and Education in the Developing World

CANP is a major development focus of the international bodies of mathematicians and mathematics educators (International Mathematical Union, IMU & International Commission on Mathematical Instruction, ICMI) in conjunction with UNESCO and International Congress of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, ICIAM. The project is a response to Current Challenges in Basic Mathematics Education (UNESCO, 2011).

CANP aims to enhance mathematics education at all levels in developing countries so that their people are capable of meeting the challenges these countries 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 ongoing series of Programmes in a different developing region each year.
The first programme CANP 1 Edi Math was held in Mali with participants from across Sub-Saharan Africa in September 2011 and was supported by UNESCO, CIMPA and ICIAM. CANP 2, Central America and the Caribbean was held in Costa Rica in August 2012. It was supported by the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC), UNESCO, ICIAM and CDC. The third CANP 3 South East Asia was held in Cambodia in 2013 and was supported by CDC, RECSAM, SEAMS and CANP 4 East Africa will be held in Tanzania in September 2014.

Each programme has, at its centre, a two-week workshop of about forty participants, half from the host country and half from regional neighbours’. It is be primarily aimed at mathematics teacher educators, but each programm will also include mathematicians, researchers, policy-makers, and key teachers. Each workshop has associated activities such as public lectures, satellite workshops for students, or exhibitions reaching out to a board audience. The coordination of the workshop is undertaken by a group of eight with equal participation by mathematicians and mathematics educators from the region and from the international IMU/ICMI/ICIAM community. Programme coordinators are appointed by the ICMI EC in consultation with IMU.

The program, and in particular the workshop, builds on existing activities in the region and does not seek to reproduce or compete with existing development programmes. It includes a follow-up after one year to ensure continuity and for evaluation. A post-workshop and a 1-year report are  produced for each programme. ICMI will ensure that the experience of earlier programmes will be used for the design of later ones.

The Capacity & Networking Project is a major international initiative in the mathematical sciences in the developing world to help exchange information, share the state of the art research, and identify strategies for addressing barriers to enhance mathematics education and to conduct to building a sustainable network for policy makers, scholars and practitioners across those targeted regions.

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