South Africa to host the biggest mathematics education conference in July 2019
The University of Pretoria (UP) in association with the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (IGPME), is hosting an international conference themed Improving Access to the Power of Mathematics (PME 43), from 7 -12 July 2019 at UP’s Groenkloof Campus.
The event aims to make significant strides towards achieving the targets set out in the National Development Plan 2030 (NDP), by strengthening the focus, facilitated access and investment in foundational mathematics education. This area of research underpins the NDP’s priority area: Building a Future for South Africa’s Youth, which focuses on improving the school system, by increasing the number of students achieving above 50% in literacy and mathematics, increasing learner retention rates to 90% and bolstering teacher training.
Organised by the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF), in collaboration with the IGPME and the African Mathematical Union (AMU). It will attract around 500 delegates including early career researchers, postgraduate students, researchers and educators from historically disadvantaged research institutions in South Africa, researchers and educators from under-represented countries, researchers, educators and students with disabilities, and government officials and journalists internationally.
This prestigious conference was hosted for the first time in South Africa, in 1998. According to Professor Kerstin Jordaan, Executive Director of SAMF. “It is an honour for the country and the African continent to play host to such a highly reputed event, for a second time in 2019. This conference is the most prestigious in the field of Mathematics Education in the world. The PME is an international group of mathematics educators and researchers who gather once a year to share work experiences and interests at the Annual Conference.”
The IGPME was established in 1976. Managed and co-ordinated by an international management and organising committee, it identifies a new location for the hosting of the conference annually, with the aim of making the conference accessible to expert leaders and under-represented groups in mathematics education across the globe.
“The hosting of such a renowned conference in South Africa will facilitate and broaden South African and African participation and contribution towards the global discussion on mathematical education”, says Dr Molapo Qhobela, CEO of the National Research Foundation (NRF). The conference will provide a platform for South African and African scholars, educators, students and emerging academics to share their perspectives as well as interact, mingle and network with international leaders in the global mathematics education community. An Early Researchers’ Day will precede the official programme of the conference, with a particular focus on the inclusion of expert researchers giving scholarly assistance and academic guidance emerging researchers.
Professor Tawana Kupe, Vice Chancellor and Principal of UP, is excited about a number of key stakeholders coming together and supporting this initiative Professor Stephanie Burton, the Vice-Principal: Research and Postgraduate Education at UP, said: “It is gives the mathematics education community of South Africa, the NRF and the DST tremendous pride and excitement to welcome esteemed dignities, global leaders, scholars, educators, researchers, journalists and other participants in this area of research, to the Jacaranda City of South Africa where the 43rd International Conference on PME will be held at the Groenkloof Campus of the University of Pretoria”.
Below is a list of collaborators and partners:
The following co-investors are supporting the 2019 PME conference:
National Research Foundtion (NRF) is the main sponsor of the event. They also support some South African and African delegates and students to attend the conference.
DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (CoE-MaSS) provided funding support for student registration, operational costs and travel of some of the keynote speakers.
SA National Convention Bureau (SANCB): Have pledged to provide support for the onsite events, bid support, sight inspection and marketing. (Letter from them is attached).
City Council of Tshwane: Have pledged to provide buses and coach transport for all delegates between hotels and conference venue, as well as providing transport services for the conference excursions, welcoming function and the gala dinner.
University of Pretoria: Have pledged to provide all conference facilities including lecture venues at a special discounted rate. (Letter from them is attached).
International Group for PME (IGPME): Have pledged to support the Early Researchers Day as well as accommodation and local travel costs for members of the International Committee attending the conference. Through the Richard Skemp Memorial Fund, IGPME can offer some support to scientists from countries, that are usually underrepresented in PME conferences, if they cannot get sufficient funding from other sources.