If Africa is to gain its rightful place in the global knowledge economy and secure its economic future, significant focus must be put on increasing the quality of math and science teaching. Essential to this focus is a holistic and comprehensive approach that takes into account service delivery, partnerships with existing educational systems and the strengthening of the policy environment that supports teachers and STEM education. An effective teacher training initiative is one of the best ways to effect positive and lasting behavioural change that will contribute to an increased uptake in mathematics and sciences at a national level.
In 2016, the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) launched its teacher training pilot program, The Teachers Training Program (TTP), in Cameroon in order to raise the quality of mathematics and science education at the secondary level by providing teacher training and professional development courses, promoting best practices and distributing high-quality classroom resources to in-service and pre-service teachers.
These efforts to improve STEM teaching will increase the transition of students to tertiary STEM education.
We believe by teaching Mathematics differently, in a more engaging and practical way, it will pique students’ interests in this subject and subsequently the STEM subjects because Mathematics is considered the backbone and foundation of all sciences. This will therefore increase the pipeline of students, especially girls, in this field. With many students in this field, a country’s prosperity is more imminent
AIMS TTP is here to:
- improve the quality of the teaching and learning of mathematics in Cameroon;
- increase the number of qualified teachers (Female) in mathematics in Cameroon;
- increase the Number of students (girls) going for STEM education in Cameroon;
- propose different career opportunities to STEM qualified students;
- vulgarize, demystify and show the importance of mathematics
Launched in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, the AIMS Teacher Training Program was developed to improve learning outcomes in mathematics for secondary school students. Through professional development, training workshops, high-quality classroom resources, and technology-driven Smart Classrooms, TTP is empowering teachers to improve their pedagogy and increase the transition to tertiary STEM education. Since December 2017, the program has trained over 1956 (348 women) in-service secondary school teachers in 38 workshops, 944 pre-service teachers in 12 workshops since May 2017 and sensitised 666 Principals and Delegates in 8 workshops since 2018. The Program has also launched three four-in-one state-of-the-art laboratories at the Yaoundé and Maroua Higher Teacher Training Colleges and the University of Buea.