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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Africme 3 2010 Conference

The UN through the Education for All (EFA) Framework aims at the elimination of illiteracy in the whole world. EFA focuses on education from kindergarten to high school and ensures that issues of equity and equality in education are addressed at local level. We acknowledge that mathematics is part of EFA framework and in line with ICMI’s aim of promoting international cooperation in mathematics, this congress will provide a forum for mathematics educators, teachers, students, mathematicians, researchers, and policy makers in the African continent and beyond to discuss issues and exchange ideas relating to mathematics education and EFA goals.

The theme of this conference “Mathematics as a Leading edge in the Education for All (EfA) Framework” continues the debate initiated in the second and third congresses. For instance, AFRICME 1 which was held at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, provided an opportunity for participants to debate issues pertaining to “Mathematics Teaching and Teacher Education in the Changing Times”. Discussions in the forum were on emerging trends or patterns in teacher education and mathematics teaching and, in particular addressed inevitable changes resulting from the emergence of technology and research on indigenous knowledge systems.

The second congress, AFICME 2, which was held at Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya, focused on “Embracing Innovative responses to Challenges in Mathematics Instruction” which gave participants an opportunity to debate on a myriad of challenges such as shortage of resources, HIV/AIDS, and political unrest, that are hurdles to mathematical instruction in the continent of Africa. ACFRICME 3, therefore, is a continuation of this series of debates on what role the subject mathematics, despite these constraints, can play in the governments’ endeavor to provide quality, meaningful, and useful education to all.

The objectives of the third Africa Regional Congress of ICMI are:
  1. To provide an opportunity for reflection on AFRICME 1 and AFRICME 2
  2. To promote and encourage the exchange of ideas on how mathematics education can contribute to the achievement of EFA goals in the region and beyond.
  3. Encourage collaborative and/or comparative research in mathematics education at all levels and disseminating the results for policy consumption
  4. To encourage the development of mathematics instructional practices which are relevant to the EFA context
  5. To provide a forum for mathematics educators, mathematicians, policy markers, students and teachers to collaborate and discuss the current developments in mathematics education useful for EFA Framework
Mathematics Education as a leading Edge in the Education for All (EFA) Framework
Papers in the following areas are invited:
  1. Teacher preparation and development
  2. Gender, HIV/AIDS and other equity issues
  3. Instructional, assessment and evaluation issues
  4. Applications of mathematics to real life situations
  5. Integration of ICT in promoting quality mathematics instruction for all
  6. Mathematics education as a critical element in life-long learning or continuous education

The congress invites mathematicians, mathematics educators, teacher educators, teachers, students, curriculum developers, school inspectors, policy makers, researchers, and anybody interested or involved in the teaching and learning of mathematics and EFA framework

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