Sunday, September 6, 2009

Conference on Mathematics and Technology in Mathematics Education

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The First Cambodia International Conference on “Mathematics and Technology in Mathematics Education” has been conducted. The conference took place for four days from the 2nd to the 5th September in Phnom Penh. The conference was a joint effort of the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS), the Royal Academy of Cambodia (RAC), and the Cambodian Mathematical Society (CMS) in Cambodia.

Dr. Neth Barom, Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said that it was the first time that Cambodia has organized an international conference on this subject in Cambodia. He said the main purpose of the conference is to promote development of mathematics and technology in mathematics education in Cambodia.

Teruo Jinnai, UNESCO Representative to Cambodia, said that science and technological literacy has been flagged by member countries of UNESCO as an essential reinforcement of human development. Sustainable development and an improved quality of life are to a large extent dependent on our ability to understand and utilize science and technology. He added in this competitive globalizing society, lacking policy attention to and how level of mathematics and science education hampers economic developments.
“UNESCO education programs aim to expand basic education in order to improve our quality of live, we have to make the best use of the present technology to advance mathematics and science in Cambodian education systems.”

Dr. Neth Barom pointed out that nowadays, experts and scholars all over the world are facing a rapid growth of technology and great social and educational changes in the era of globalization. And therefore the goals, concepts and practices of education should be redefined by integrating high technology, basic science and math in the curriculum. Times are changing, technology is changing, and education is changing, too. As educators and students of today, we are different from those of yesterday.







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