Maths Teaching in Africa & Refugees

$950 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 12 people in 28 months
We (Celi and Huw), two qualified primary teachers, over the years during our travels to developing countries,   visited schools in local communities. We have noticed that all maths teaching takes place with the teacher at the front of the class teaching to the same concept to every child using a blackboard and chalk and with no manipulatives. We want to introduce maths manipulatives to children and teachers in most need.

Place value is the most fundamental concept in maths. Children need to construct meaning for themselves and the most productive way to do this is by using manipulatives to represent concepts where discussions can occur and authentic co-operative activities can take place. Maths using the base 10 system is universal and manipulatives provide a common language to communicate. Ideally we want children to solve real world problems with hands on materials and learning aids. By volunteering our time in schools we hope that the teaching of mathematics by teachers will change.

How will we do it?
We volunteer our time in  local schools and teach mathematics (number and place value) to teachers and children using maths manipulatives  provided by Edx Education.  The kit which is packaged in a sturdy bag contains : place value arrow cards, and assortment of dice, base 10 blocks, flash number and patterned cards, a 1-100 pocket chart, base ten counting beads, unifix cubes, giant number and dot matching cards, ten frames, 1-120 number boards, double sided coloured counters and place value flip chart. We teach primary school aged children aged between 5 and 7 years old  in local schools and communities who do not have access to good teaching methods and materials.  

We base ourselves in a school and teach for at least one hour a day in the same year level for 2-4 weeks.We will  take into account individual differences among children and change children's perspective of maths by increasing interest, engagement, enjoyment  and motivation.

Through inservice and workshops we will  model and demonstrate good teaching methods and strategies to teachers and equip students on how to use concrete materials to solve problems and look for patterns and generalisations while making learning fun. The manipulatives will represent explicity and concretely, mathematical ideas that are abstract as children need to use concrete materials first and eventually they will see how this connects with written procedures in mathematics.

As the project grows we would invite other teachers to join us by volunteering their time and expertise therefore maximising our impact in the school.

At the end of the allocated time we will move onto our next destination and leave the kit behind so the teachers in the local schools continue to teach maths using manipulatives, thus the project becomes sustainable.

Our overall vision....
To enhance the ability of children in underpriveleged communities in developing countries throughout the world to create, make connections, express and problem solve in mathematics focusing on the base ten number system and place value.

Our aim in the long run is to set up the project as a charity run by volunteers, no one will be paid for their time or teaching service.  We would like people to sponsor kits - individuals, comapnies or schools. We can place your logo on the kit bag and send you a picture of the kit being used in the school.

The funds will also be used for transport costs and living cost ( basic accommodation) while we are based in a school.

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Gecko on the Move are heading back to Tanzania again in January! help us make the journey or even come along!
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We're keeping busy in Tanzania, training teachers and teaching kids maths at Bandari project school
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Local teachers using manipulatives
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We are currently with the Bandari Project in Mto Wa Mbu in Tanzania. We are training teachers, modelling lessons and teaching the poorest kids in the village!
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$950 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 12 people in 28 months
Created August 29, 2016
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Annemiek & Ian Waters
10 months ago

We admire your passion and commitment to teaching and helping others. Go Gecko on the move!

Debbie Woods
22 months ago

Good Luck with your latest project to educate children who really need some extra assistance.

Liz Aitchison
22 months ago

Well done and good luck with your endeavours which I will follow with interest.

rebekah Vass
22 months ago

Good luck to you both! and safe travels wherever you end up next...

Meg & Joe Hewett
23 months ago

Thank you for all you give, for all you teach, and for showing those around you that anything is possible.

Susanne Jansson
27 months ago

Full of admiration for what you do!

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