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'Siyanqoba' means 'we are winning' and is a good motto for the training plan. We hope that learners will experience a feeling that they are winning, when they qualify for the second round or final round of the SA Maths Olympiad, are selected for the SAIPMO teams, or to attend the University of Stellenbosch camp.
Many learners receive little or no training before they participate in the SAMO, SAIPMO or Inter-City contest such as the World Youth Mathematics Intercity Competition. Hard work and training throughout the year are necessary in order to improve one’s mathematical skills and performance in these Olympiads.
The regional programme envisages addressing this problem by providing Olympiad training in different centres throughout the country. It does not plan to replace existing training programmes, but to use these models to expand training to other regions in the country.
The programme is offered free of charge to talented high school students throughout the country who show particular ability and interest in mathematics. The programme concentrates on developing problem solving skills, unlike in regular school curricula where the focus is more on solving routine-type questions. The emphasis is on the understanding of mathematical concepts rather than pure memorization of formulae. It furthermore covers enrichment material which is not in the school curriculum and aims to improve our competitiveness internationally.
The programme is NOT:
The established training centres for the project are: