Proliferation Through Mathematics
A total of 94 teachers from the Eastern Cape attended the Stigting vir Bemagtiging deur Afrikaans’s (SBA) Woeker met Wiskunde mathematical conference which was held on 27 August.
The SBA is a non-profit organization that is committed to developing literacy through Afrikaans as well as simultaneously bringing about respect for Afrikaans. Mathematics is also seen as a form of literacy and as such they have made Mathematics support available through the Proliferation Through Mathematics conferences for the past six years.
Van Lill & Jovner Consulting Pty Ltd presents the conference on behalf of the SBA and in collaboration with the Eastern Cape department of education. Afrikaans-speaking Mathematics teachers received quality training during the conference.
The conference equips both primary and secondary school teachers with new skills on areas previously identified in the Mathematics curriculum. The teachers are also provided with resources that they can practically use in their Mathematics classrooms. Suma Jovner of Van Lill & Jovner Consulting Pty Ltd says: “Teacher training is still done in Afrikaans. Proliferation Through Mathematics is not a series of lectures, but practical sessions to help teachers with different technique to help teachers in unlocking Mathematics for learners. All the presenters work practically, and they know that’s what it takes to stand in a Mathematics classroom. Through a day like this we want to make teachers excited about Mathematics all over again and give others something to think about in as far as presenting the subject in class.”
Gerswin Cupido, project organizer at the SBA, says after one’s mother tongue Mathematics is the most important subject at school. “It is necessary to live a generally literate life at every level of your life. It is precisely for this reason that that this congress is presented so that learners can be helped on how to Mathematics fearlessly, and to cultivate a dedication, skills and love for numbers and symbols.” This will be the second Mathematics conference. The first one was successfully held at Parkwood, Western Cape.