23 Oct 2021
The University of Rwanda through its African Centre of Excellence for Innovative Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science (ACEITLMS) based in the University of Rwanda- College of Education (UR-CE), Rukara Campus, organizes the 6th Africa Regional Congress of ICMI on Mathematical Education (AFRICME 6) from 25-27 October 2021, with the collaboration of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI). The event will be held virtually (via https://bit.ly/3mFxdB4), due to COVID-19 disruption, under the theme “Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), with four (4) sub-themes.
Who are expected participants ? The UR-CE local organizing committee for AFRICME 6 has received 46 abstracts for short presentation and 4 abstracts for long paper (plenary sessions) from 8 different nationalities within AFRICA, EUROPE, USA and ASIA.
But what is AFRICME ? It is a section of the International Commission on Mathematics Instruction (ICMI) for Africa. The aim of ICMI is to boost international collaboration and exchanges in mathematics education. The AFRICME was launched in 2005 and aims at offering a forum for mathematics educators throughout Africa. Conferences are regularly organized to offer researchers and practitioners of Mathematics Education to share their research findings and practices.
The fifth conference, denominated AFRICME5, took place at the Aga Khan University campus in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from August 29-31, 2018. The ACEITLMS sponsored the participation of UR-CE academic staff (who are at the same time ACEITLMS staff) in both events for fostering the dissemination of the Centre’s research outputs. An opportunity was therefore given to UR-CE to host the AFRICME6. ACEITLMS saw this as a good opportunity to step ahead in organizing international conferences.
The AFRICME 6 is taking place in the series of mathematics educators’ conferences. Like its previous ones, it will offer an exciting combination of keynote lectures, panel and round table discussions and paper presentations.
What is this the theme of this year’s AFRICME ? The AFRICME6 is organized around the theme “Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)”. This age is known for its use of technology innovations affecting every sphere of our life, including the teaching and learning. Amazon, Uber, social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, TiKToK, Computers, Smartphones and tablets, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) are some of the evidence around us. While the presence and impact of digital technology is not debated, especially after COVID-19 disruption on society norms, the optimal ways of embedding it in the education sector remain questionable. The 4IR is perceived as the application of amalgams of many technologies, and its application in the teaching and learning of mathematics should be investigated further.
What are the sub-themes of AFRICME 6 ? “ Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)” will be explored via the following sub-themes :
Sub-theme1 : Enhanced Mathematics Learning Process through ICT. This theme will explore theoretical and empirical aspects of ICT integration in teaching and learning mathematics ;
Sub-theme2 : Teaching Mathematics in the Era of COVID-19 : Covid-19 has affected the ‘traditional’ teaching and learning in particular ways. It thus calls mathematics educators to interrogate ways to mitigate side effects imposed by the COVID-19 ;
Sub-theme3 : Blended/ hybrid/Distance learning in mathematics education. This theme will explore how learning and teaching through a blended/ hybrid/distance approach affect both trainees and mathematics educators’ tasks/responsibilities. This may include redeveloping training materials, teaching, providing feedback, coaching, and assessing ; and
Sub-theme4 : Mathematics Teacher Professional Development schedule. This theme will explore which institutions and nations’ agenda to adopt for mathematics teachers within the 4th industrial revolution.
During the conference, the coordinating team and ACEITLMS students will be present from the teleconference room of the University of Rwanda-College of Education located at UR-CMHS, Remera Campus, Kigali.
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