The Youth Care Foundation (YCF) The Gambia is preparing for the inter-schools Mathematics competitions, known as the Great Olympiad Mathematics Competition (GOMC), and the Pre-pan African Mathematics Olympiad (PAMO), aimed at improving the quality of Science and Mathematics education.
The objectives of the competitions include: facilitating an academic contest among secondary-school students in Mathematics, to give awards to the best three students in both upper and senior schools in the competitions and to serve as a forum to discover for the participants in the pan-African Mathematics Olympiad (PAMO) 2013.
In an interview with the Daily Observer, Kolapo Abdul, the executive director of YCF, noted that most students enjoy the pursuit of excellence and seek opportunities to test themselves against their own accomplishments and those of their peers. Such opportunities, he said, are best provided through properly conducted and equitably administered competitive activities.
He explained that the Great Olympiad Mathematics Competition (GOMC) is an inter-school mathematics competition open to all students in the country.
Abdul noted that introducing competition among students and schools would definitely bring the best out of them; hence the vision of the programme is designed to support outstanding students and to recognise the teachers and schools that inspire their excellence.
The YCF executive director explained further that the methodology is divided into two stages; namely preliminary stage: all entrants would be involved in this stage; and that of the final stage: ten schools would be involved in this stage with five students from the senior secondary and upper basic schools each, whilst equal gender opportunity is applied to all entrants.
The competitions, he went on, would entail the following: geometry, arithmetic, algebra, calculus, trigonometry, probability, statistics and general logical reasoning and the competition would be based on general GABECE/ WAEC / IGCSE syllabi.
According to him, the prizes of the competitions are as follows: Mathematics Gold Cup Award for both categories; Mathematics Silver Award for both categories; Mathematics Bronze Award for both categories; additional gifts such as school and Mathematics materials would be given to the winners of each category.
The slated dates for the programme, Abdul further revealed are as follows: Preliminary stage, 11 January, 2013 at Success Professional Tutors (near Q-Cell building, along Kairaba Avenue); final stage on the 25 January, 2013 at YCF hall.
Awards presentations will be on the 1st February 2013 at Sea View Garden Hotel, Kololi.