About my volunteer work in Ghana in August 2019.
     The intense moments of 2019 settled down and became beautiful memories. The Allotey Math Camp in Ghana was an amazing experience. I met some beautiful people who all shared the same passion for education, math and science. During this math camp we learned a lot from each other, on how to teach, how to present mathematics, how to work together, how to stimulate interaction and participation. The program we made consisted of sessions on various topics from mathematics, physical activities, music and dancing, puzzles and games. I really enjoyed preparing a short research talk on Dynamical System for school students, it always takes more time and energy than what you expect. During the geometry session I participated we used actual polygons (Toolkit called Polydron) to actually create geometrical objects and study them, I realized that holding a geometrical object in your hands (preferably combining some nice colors) can help you understand many results in geometry much better. And essentially you can let the students create whatever they want, houses, towers or castles, and show that many geometrical results (Euler's formula for example, unless they make a well or a donut which makes things tricky...) can be applied in their own constructions. I really enjoyed the interaction with all the students and the other volunteers. Ghana is a wonderful country, very poor but with a lot of music, beautiful colors and amazing people. I really enjoyed learning about the history of Ghana, about science in Africa and doing math all together by having so much fun.  
Duties

     During the first week, volunteers prepared fun maths lessons which were delivered when students joined us in the second week.The themes for the lessons included mathematical thinking, game theory, cryptography, programming, geometry and math puzzles.
During the second week, volunteers had teach. Working period 7am until 9pm.
Students were engaged during lessons which included strategies for selling and buying in the market, estimating pi, constructing geometric objects, sending secret messages etc.
During breaks, we engaged in physical activities (well planned over the previous week) which sometimes included dancing.

     It is our hope that the over 70 participants who benefited from this math camp will now approach the learning and teaching of math in fun and engaging ways.  

Three great students that I had a chance to teach: Phillip, Sadiq and Brace

Details about the organization
     I spent almost 1 month searching some math volunteer work to do in Africa and I was lucky to have found a good one. 
     I participated in math volunteer work in Ghana for two weeks (Allotey Math Camp) with the African Maths Initiative (AMI) program as a member of Supporting African Maths Initiatives (SAMI), a UK-based charity that looks to address concerns about access to and the quality of mathematics education in Africa. 
                                                   Website: https://samicharity.co.uk/volunteer/
     Moreover, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) was assisting the whole project. Although I entered into this volunteer work to teach, it ended up being a meaningful experience
that broadened my understanding of education in other parts of the world. The AIMS is a research institute in South Africa, established in September 2003, and an associated network of linked institutes in Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania and Rwanda.
     The University of Rochester supported my volunteer work in Ghana from July 28th until August 11th.

There are so many things that we cannot learn at school and I guess this experience is one of them. ​​​​​​​

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