Think Global have been awarded a grant by the Nuffield Foundation to create a ground-breaking teaching toolkit for maths and geography classrooms. Working in collaboration with Oxfam UK, the Maths Association, Maths in Education and Industry and teachers, we will create a toolkit to support maths and geography teachers in secondary schools, and their students, to engage with international development, and specifically issues of female empowerment, through the innovative use of real development data in classroom activities.
There are very few high quality resources supporting teachers and students to manipulate and understand development data, which is crucial in forming a critical perspective on development. Evidence also points to the need for improvements in the teaching of statistics in schools, including the use of real data and project work which supports students to follow a full investigative process. This toolkit will help address both these needs.
The toolkit will be based on data from Oxfam’s Women’s Collective Action project that carried out research with female farmers in Ethiopia, Mali and Tanzania and will incorporate project activities that can be used in Key Stage 3 and 4 maths and geography, or in collaborative activities across the two subjects.
Think Global’s Programme Manager, Anneliese Gamper, who will be leading the project, said, “We are thrilled to be working on such an exciting project with such prestigious partners and are looking forward to producing a resource that fills a real gap in and meets the needs of teachers.”
The toolkit will be ready for use by schools in the 2015-2016 academic year. For more information please visit the project page.