Namibian Mathematics Institute and FNB Namibia launched the Omwaalu Mathematics Project in Gobabis last week.
Abuid Tjikusere, Branch Manager of FNB Namibia Gobabis branch advised that the Omwaalu set was developed to enable pre-primary and grade 1 teachers to teach basic numerical concepts using a hands-on and fun approach. Through playing with different mathematical materials learners “discover” numerical concepts themselves and the typical fear for the subject is reduced. The teacher’s role is changed from the typical teaching “instructor” to teaching “facilitator” enabling learners to experience mathematics as interesting and even “fun to learn”.
Abuid added “We are donating an amount of N$ 189,000 towards this worthy initiative which will ensure that teachers receive training. Constant learning, listening, thinking, and envisioning from teachers and classmates will bring transformation to our communities, and bring the change envisioned by our Government’s Vision 2030 and Harambee Prosperity Plan – which FNB Namibia is committed to.”
FNB Namibia is a strong advocate of education and skills development, and as such has partnered with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture through sponsorships amounting to a total of 2,4 million last year alone. These include the Early Childhood Development – Amos Meerkat Schools Project; educational material and equipment (books, photocopiers, scientific calculations etc.) donated to Okondjatu Combined School, Degnos Primary School, Johannes Dohren RC High School, Moreson Special Scholl and Tsumkwe Senior Secondary School as well as solar lights to less privileged learners in Windhoek for study purposes.
The Omwaalu set consists of:
1. The Omwaalu Board covering various topics like colour, shapes, measurement, days of the week, months of the year, position in space, etc. On the one side is also a chalk board for practicing writing skills.
2. Omwaalu play cards teaching number concepts and used for playing number games.
3. Play money for teaching money calculations and problem solving.
4. A number board teaching number concepts using counters (bottle tops).
5. A set of coloured mathematical shapes for teaching colour, shapes and space concepts.
6. An easy to follow teachers’ guide providing clear teaching instructions as well as important background educational number theory.