07 Oct 2022

Derry children prove we are all equals in Maths With No Borders initiative

Brexit has no bearing on learning for hundreds of school children who are taking part in a cross border, shared learning, Maths Week Ireland initiative. The Maths With No Borders initiative will come as a breath of fresh air to many amid the threat of a hard border and the bluster of this week’s EU Brexit summit, as it showcases how maths education best practice is shared in border communities. Four schools from Derry and Donegal took part in the first fun learning event to mark Maths Week (October 12-21) at Rosemount Primary School in Derry. The events are being hosted by the creators of unique teaching and learning resource Izak9 which organises a number of Maths With No Borders events throughout the year. Izak9 creator Franz Schlindwein, a maths teacher turned inventor from Derry, said his team is delighted to partner with Maths Week Ireland to facilitate the ‘Maths with No Borders’ workshops. “We’ve already hosted a wonderful event in Rosemount Primary School in Derry which involved children from Oakgrove Integrated PS; Moyle NS, a Church of Ireland school in Co Donegal and St Colmcille National School in Newtowncunningham, Co Donegal. “With all of the bluster over Brexit recently, this type of cross border co-operation and shared learning will no doubt be a breath of fresh air to many.” He added: “Maths Week presents a great opportunity to sow seeds from which passion for mathematics can grow throughout the year and year on year. It is also a time to take risks with learning and break from normal classroom maths teaching practices. “At each workshop, there will be four schools in attendance, two from the North and two from the South with a mix of Controlled, Catholic Maintained, Church of Ireland and National School children.” Maths Week Ireland founder Eoin Gill said: “Maths is vital to the economy of both parts of the Island and to succeed, young people need to have a positive attitude to maths. Maths Week offers the unique opportunity for pupils from both sides of the border to meet and collaborate on maths related tasks together. Children from both sides of the Irish border engaged with Maths at Rosemount Primary School in Derry as part of the Maths Week Ireland shared education initiative ‘Maths With No Borders’.

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