The Namibian Mathematics Institute and FNB Namibia recently launched the Omwaalu Mathematics Project in Gobabis.
The Omwaalu set was developed to enable pre-primary and grade 1 teachers to teach basic numerical concepts using a hands-on and fun approach, according to Abuid Tjikusere, Branch Manager of FNB Namibia Gobabis branch.
Through playing with different mathematical materials learners "discover" numerical concepts themselves and the typical fear for the subject is reduced. The teacher's role is changed from the typical teaching "instructor" to teaching "facilitator" enabling learners to experience mathematics as interesting and even "fun to learn".
"We are donating an amount of N$ 189,000 towards this worthy initiative which will ensure that teachers receive training. Constant learning, listening, thinking, and envisioning from teachers and classmates will bring transformation to our communities, and bring the change envisioned by our Government's Vision 2030 and Harambee Prosperity Plan, which FNB Namibia is committed to," Tjikusere added.
Meanwhile, last year alone FNB in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture sponsored different projects, which include the Early Childhood Development - Amos Meerkat Schools Project; educational material and equipment (books, photocopiers, scientific calculations etc.) donated to Okondjatu Combined School, Degnos Primary School, Johannes Dohren RC High School, Moreson Special Scholl and Tsumkwe Senior Secondary School as well as solar lights to less privileged learners in Windhoek for study purposes, which reached around N$2,4 million .
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