JAM | Mar 23, 2023

Education Ministry to host National Mathematics Week 2023

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The Ministry of Education and Youth (MOEY) has announced that it will be hosting National Mathematics Week 2023 from March 26 to March 31. This year’s theme is “Reigniting the Maths Flame: Light up our World,” and the week of activities is designed to promote and celebrate mathematics in Jamaica.

National Mathematics Coordinator, Dr Tamika Benjamin, has encouraged parents, teachers, students, principals, and the wider community to give their full support to the week. The aim is to change the mindset towards the subject and build a stronger mathematics culture in Jamaica.

The activities will kick off with a church service at Clifton New Testament Church of God on Sunday, March 26. The official launch of National Mathematics Week 2023 and the Mathematics Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony will take place on Monday, March 27, at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus’ Assembly Hall.

Camae Thompson Burrell (left), regional Mathematics coordinator for region six; Dr Tamika Benjamin (centre), national Mathematics coordinator, Ministry of Education and Youth (centre), and Shauna-Gay Young Henry, regional Mathematics coordinator for region two; addressing a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday (March 22). (Photo: JIS)

JN has partnered with the Ministry to recognize this year’s award recipients. From Tuesday, March 28 to Thursday, March 30, all seven education regions will host activities geared towards improving the mathematics culture and building the profile of the subject in Jamaica.

These activities will include quizzes, poster and display competitions, and pageants focused on mathematics. Regional events will take place at various locations throughout the island, with the week’s activities culminating in the launch of a National STEM-Novation Village at UWI on Friday, March 31.

The Village will provide teachers, students, and other stakeholders with the opportunity to see mathematics at work in a range of STEM-related career fields and explore the application of mathematics to everyday life.

Aerial view of the University of The West Indies Mona Campus.

Regional Mathematics Coordinator for region six, Camae Johnson Burrell, has emphasized that Mathematics Week activities are not just about engaging students. “We also want to engage our teachers, parents, and all other stakeholders,” she said.

This is the eighth staging of National Mathematics Week since it was first introduced in 2013. The Ministry hopes that this year’s events will encourage more young people in Jamaica to pursue careers in STEM fields and develop a greater appreciation for mathematics.


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