Unesco rewards Suma y Sigue program

Unesco rewards Suma y Sigue program

The Suma y Sigue (SYS) project, belonging to the Mathematical Modeling Center of the University of Chile (CMM), was recognized with the Unesco-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Award 2017-2018. For 10 years, this award has highlighted the global initiatives that achieve exemplary results in teacher development and raise the quality of education.

“It is a recognition of the work of a young and multidisciplinary team that comes to be carried out by the ministry of education”, explains Salomé Martínez, director of the CMM’s Education Laboratory.

Suma y Sigue is a teacher training program whose objective is to improve the quality of teaching mathematics in general and reduce the socio-economic gap that exists in this area. It is materialized in blended courses proposed by teachers in the use of innovative technologies where mathematics is immersed in the real world.

“We have conceived a SYS as a public good, as a country project that refers to mathematics as an essential discipline to understand the world and develop skills that are superior to thinking,” says Martínez.

SYS proposes a methodology centered on “learning in practice” and the organization of contents according to the axes of the curriculum and the plans of studies. Thus, it allows teachers to focus on the field of mathematics teaching in their specialty, concentrating on the contents that are effectively taught in the classroom. Mathematics arises from real situations and teaching through interactive resources that promote the visualization, modeling, inquiry and reflection of the deep aspects of elementary mathematics and their teaching processes.

“In addition, it promotes inclusion, is evolutionary and easily accessible for countries in remote regions,” informed Unesco on its website.

The Prize will be awarded at a ceremony that will take place during World Teachers’ Day celebrations at Unesco Headquarters in Paris on 5 October 2018. Unesco will also reward to the Fast-track Transformational Teacher Training Programme from the United Kingdom and Diklat Berjenjang project from Indonesia.

“This award boosts our program internationally. We are currently working at a national level to develop tools to work in the classroom and for initial training but Suma y Sigue can make a positive contribution for a global challenge,” said the CMM researcher.

Posted on Mar 13, 2018 in Frontpage, News