AKU-EB summer camp | Math an interesting subject

AKU-EB hosts summer camp
Karachi, July 07: The 21st century is the century of partnerships, and the public and private sectors should join hands to reduce illiteracy, said Minister of State for Education Ghulam Farid Khatiya at the inaugural ceremony of the national summer camp for talented HSSC boys hosted by the Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB).

Every year, the IBBC requests one of its members to host a summer camp for the top six students of each board, based on their SSC results, and the responsibility has been assigned to AKU-EB this year. About 150 students from 26 different education boards across Pakistan will participate in this camp. The theme of this year's summer camp will be an introduction to universities, and what students should be thinking as they approach university education.

Khatiya believed that education systems should be more market-oriented so that there are no employment issues. He informed the participants that the existing scheme of studies from or classes 1 to Intermediate level have been revised according to emerging global trends. Dr Thomas Christie, Director, AKU-EB highlighted that students "need to have a problem oriented approach towards life" to be ready with creative and innovative solutions.

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Math too can be an interesting subject!
Islamabad: Planned with a view to de-mystify the Math myth and to prove that learning this subject can actually be enjoyable and meaningful, a six-day EXCEL Math Camp (EMC) for students of classes 6 to 8 opened here on Monday.

Titled 'Discovering the Joys of Math,' the camp is being held at the FAST NU (National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences), and is a joint collaboration between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), American Institutes for Research (AIR), Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), Children's Global Network (CGN), and the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE).

"You have all the potential to become our future scientists, mathematicians and leaders. I am confident that during this six-day camp, you will discover the joys of Math," Director General of FDE Attique-ur-Rehman stated with addressing the participants as chief guest. He assured them that the EXCEL camp will prove wrong, the misconception of Math being boring and intimidating.

The chief guest was flanked by Director Training and Colleges-FDE Prof. Muhammad Rafique Tahir, Area Education Officers (AEOs) of all five sectors of Islamabad Capital Territory, principals, teachers and parents. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, Chief Executive of CGN, was also present.

"Students say Math is difficult, and the questions are lengthy and boring. But now that they are here, we are confident that they will find the subject enjoyable and interesting," Kaneez Akhtar, the principal of Girls' Secondary School, Tarnol, stated in her address.

The camp extends an exciting opportunity for students from classes 6 to 8 to enhance their interest in Mathematics through activity-driven learning methods. According to the organisers, the programme is an attempt to de-mystify the Math myth and to prove that learning this subject is actually enjoyable and meaningful.

A total of 100 students (50 boys and 50 girls) and 10 math teachers (5 male and 5 female) are participating in the camp. Ten boys and ten girls were identified from 25 FDE schools from five sectors of the Islamabad Capital Territory namely, Tarnol, Sihala, Bhara Kahu, Nilore and Urban. The participants have been nominated by school heads, teachers and parents.

Expressing his views, Prof. Rafique Tahir said, "Math develops logic and reasoning. If learnt with fun, using logic and reasoning, it helps in our practical life." He thanked the organizers for establishing the camp, and shared the common aspiration of students not running away from Math. Commenting on the value of the camp, Mehnaz Aziz said, "All of us are re-visiting our childhood through this camp."

The camp promises exciting, engaging and meaningful learning opportunities in an environment using latest technologies and emerging practices. It offers an opportunity for students to discover that learning math has a profound relevance to their daily lives.

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Karachi University Briefs
Karachi: Dean Faculty of Science Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi has announced that classes of ASR-702 (Research Methodology) will be held on July 16 and 17 at the Council Room, Offices of the Dean, Science from 02:00 pm to 03:30 pm. KU Student Adviser Dr Tanweer Khalid has advised the Chairpersons of all the departments to stop arranging the Study Tours in light of the law and order situation in the north of the country and recent death of a student in Rawal Lake, Islamabad during a study tour.

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KU and the 'land mafia'
Karachi: While talking to the media at the conclusion of the inaugural session Prof. Qasim stressed that he will "not allow 'one inch' of the university land to be grabbed by the land mafia.

"I am here and we are in the process of checking the matter. This land is ours since 1954 and I see no reason how someone could succeed in his nefarious designs. I have taken note of the matter and will solve it on priority basis," he said. The VC was commenting on reports appearing in some newspapers that land grabbers had erected pillars to encroach upon the KU land. The News

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