Teacher takes maths techniques to Tanzania

Kim McHugh (second from left) with Jifundishe staff Elibahati Nnko, Lizybeth Julius and Rena Michael in Tanzania. Pictures supplied
Kim McHugh (second from left) with Jifundishe staff Elibahati Nnko, Lizybeth Julius and Rena Michael in Tanzania. Pictures supplied

A PERTH teacher recently helped take mathematics education techniques to Tanzanian teachers and students.

Kim McHugh, of Kallaroo, won a global competition offering a professional learning experience to the developing African nation.

Ms McHugh, who is the numeracy coach at 13 of WA’s most remote Aboriginal schools, spent 10 days there working with educators from not-for-profit Teachers2Teachers (T2T) Global and Origo Education.

She said she hoped her African experience would help her better integrate maths, language and culture into her classrooms.

“I am honoured to have won this competition as well as the opportunity to travel to Tanzania and collaborate with educators,” she said.

“Education is something that everyone should have access to, however, many teachers in the developing world simply do not have the resources to give students the education to help them reach their full potential.”

Ms McHugh travelled to Arusha with Origo’s professional learning director in the US and its mathematics advisory board chairwoman Sara Delano Moore.

“Kim’s experience in schools where children speak multiple languages is similar to the schools in Tanzania,” Dr Moore said.

“Her experience teaching with Origo Education’s language-approach to mathematics in that setting is wonderful to share with the teachers in Tanzania.

“The focus is on ensuring that students truly understand key concepts within mathematics without simply memorising formulas or rules.”

Kim McHugh with Jifundishe leader Amanda Mirisho.