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Pages: 8170-8177
Publication year: 2015
ISBN: 978-84-606-8243-1
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 7th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 6-8 July, 2015
Location: Barcelona, Spain

EXPLORING THE ROLE OF EXTRA CURRICULA MATHS CAMPS AND CLUBS IN KENYA AND BEYOND

E. Fleming1, Z. Mbasu2, D. Stern3, D. Parsons2, M. Ayere4, F. Hoffmann5, J. Musyoka6, T. Mawora6, C. Clarke1, S. Borio7, M. Obiero8

1Supporting African Mathematics Initiatives / Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle London (UNITED KINGDOM)
2African Mathematics Initiative (KENYA)
3University of Reading, Statistical Services Centre (UNITED KINGDOM)
4Maseno University (KENYA)
5Supporting African Mathematics Initiatives / University of Cambridge (UNITED KINGDOM)
6African Mathematics Initiative / Maseno University (UNITED KINGDOM)
7Supporting African Mathematics Initiatives / Kings College School (UNITED KINGDOM)
8African Mathematics Initiative / Maseno University / University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UNITED STATES)
As in many countries, Mathematics is on average the lowest performing subject in the Kenyan end of school exam. It is in fact the single greatest barrier to students achieving the grades needed to get government scholarships to university. This problem has persisted despite long running in-service teacher training initiatives to address the issue. For the last four years Maseno University, Kenya, has been running a Maths camp bringing together both international and local, lecturers and teachers to engage secondary students in the subject through puzzles, games, technology and extra curricula Mathematics. This paper presents some of the lessons learned from this experience as well as how the thinking has evolved to scale out to more students through school maths clubs. The paper will question how sustainable systemic change might be achieve through small innovations that have the possibility to 'go viral'. A case will be made that there are changes happening in Kenyan education which might create a window of opportunity for such innovation to prosper. Finally it will be mentioned how the camps have already spread to Ethiopia, Ghana and the UK, illustrating the potential for innovation in such low resource environments to have global impact.
keywords: maths, technology, games, kenya.
@InProceedings{FLEMING2015EXP,
author = {Fleming, E. and Mbasu, Z. and Stern, D. and Parsons, D. and Ayere, M. and Hoffmann, F. and Musyoka, J. and Mawora, T. and Clarke, C. and Borio, S. and Obiero, M.},
title = {EXPLORING THE ROLE OF EXTRA CURRICULA MATHS CAMPS AND CLUBS IN KENYA AND BEYOND},
series = {7th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN15 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-606-8243-1},
issn = {2340-1117},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Barcelona, Spain},
month = {6-8 July, 2015},
year = {2015},
pages = {8170-8177}}
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AU - E. Fleming AU - Z. Mbasu AU - D. Stern AU - D. Parsons AU - M. Ayere AU - F. Hoffmann AU - J. Musyoka AU - T. Mawora AU - C. Clarke AU - S. Borio AU - M. Obiero
TI - EXPLORING THE ROLE OF EXTRA CURRICULA MATHS CAMPS AND CLUBS IN KENYA AND BEYOND
SN - 978-84-606-8243-1/2340-1117
PY - 2015
Y1 - 6-8 July, 2015
CI - Barcelona, Spain
JO - 7th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
JA - EDULEARN15 Proceedings
SP - 8170
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E. Fleming, Z. Mbasu, D. Stern, D. Parsons, M. Ayere, F. Hoffmann, J. Musyoka, T. Mawora, C. Clarke, S. Borio, M. Obiero (2015) EXPLORING THE ROLE OF EXTRA CURRICULA MATHS CAMPS AND CLUBS IN KENYA AND BEYOND, EDULEARN15 Proceedings, pp. 8170-8177.
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