Webinar: The role of language in mathematics Literacy - Insights from sub-Saharan Africa

Join a numeracy webinar on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 11:15 am EST

A school boy studies at the Glenview n*2 Primary School, Zimbabwe. Credit: GPE/ Carine Durand

This year, one of the topics the Numeracy for Development Community of Practice will be exploring the role of language in mathematics.

The first webinar for the year will be held Wednesday, February 22nd at 11:15 am EST in celebration of International Mother Language Day. The webinar will be co-hosted by the Global Reading Network and will be a panel discussion titled "Towards Equitable and Inclusive Quality Education: The Role of Language in Mathematics Literacy - Insights from sub-Saharan Africa.

The panel discussion will feature a conversation with Professors Mamokgethi Phakeng, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research and Internationalization and Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Cape Town, and Mercy Kazima, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Malawi, and will be moderated by Dr. Anthony Essien, Head of Mathematics Education Department at the University of Witwatersrand.

The webinar will explore current classroom practices in early grades math teaching and learning in sub-Saharan Africa, review key challenges in multilingual mathematics classrooms and discuss approaches to address these challenges. 

The webinar is part of a larger event organized by the Global Reading Network, starting at 9.00 am EST. The agenda below provides more details on the full event. You can RSVP for the event and the webinar using the link below.  You will be sent further details on how to access the webinar once you register. If you have any questions, please send a message to numeracy@giz.de.

Access the complete agenda on the GRN website.

Developing Reading Materials in Mother and Familiar Languages: Considerations from Conception to Evaluation
Mother Tongue Instruction and Complex Multilingual Contexts: Understanding the Landscape
Presenters: Julia Frazier, Emily Miksic and Annie Smiley, FHI 360

The Magic of Kids to Text Match
Presenter: Diane Prouty, Creative Associates

Digital Materials Development for Low-Resource Literacy Contexts: Insights on Cost, Utility and Effect
Presenters: Rachel Christina and Carrie Lewis, Education Development Center, Inc.

Towards Equitable and Inclusive Quality Education: The Role of Language in Mathematics Literacy - Insights from sub-Saharan Africa
Presenters: Prof. Mamokgethi Phakeng, University of Cape Tow and Prof. Mercy Kazima, University of Malawi

Language and Identity: Reflections from an Ambassador and Educator
Presenter: Ambassador Hassana Alidou, Niger Ambassador to the United States

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