The use of the competency-based approach in the Cameroonian education system seven years ago has innovated pedagogical and didactic practices. This approach is considered one of the best approaches to meet the demands and challenges of today's society, both economically and socially (Tayim, 2017). Although the education system has placed it at the center of its agenda, it must be acknowledged that there has not been much progress in practice in terms of tools and mechanisms to implement the competency-based approach (ibid.). A first deficit is the lack of effective integration of this pedagogical approach in the current teacher training for both Mathematics and other subjects in Cameroon.
In order to address the challenges of applying the competency-based approach in the context of teaching Mathematics, LCE-Cameroon in partnership with OILER, is organizing activities with primary and secondary school students to allow them to see where some theoretical concepts are applied in real life.
Working with OILER, we aim to help mathematics teachers in their teaching practice. The goal is to provide tools to enhance scientific culture, using also digital technologies. So basically, each teacher can integrate what is proposed in their own teaching activities, making the changes they consider appropriate depending on the context.
- Space and shapes
- Relations and data
Primary school pupils in the Fourth Grade at SONARA Primary School in Limbe recently participated in a two-day AIMS Cameroon Give-Back activity carried out by two tutors, Sylvain Wagoum and Luigi Bernardi, and three AIMS students: Ariane Nidelle Meli Chrisko, Christabel Lemukong Ngufor, and Souleymane Ouedraogo. The latter is a very dynamic student with a strong motivation in the field of “Quantum Physics” while Meli Chrisko and Christabel Ngufor are teachers by training.
During the first activity organized on November 4th, 2021, the children explored straight lines in a body activity, where the lines were represented by taut ropes. They created parallel lines, perpendicular lines, bundles of lines, and even a parabola!
On November 11th, 2021, the second activity was organized. The class switched to the usual straight lines, which were drawn on the Tales tables using a ruler. The children were free to explore the tool on their own. The resulting configurations satisfied both the tutors and the students.