Bridging Ages Western Kenya
Maseno University and Kisumu museum in western Kenya have cooperated with Linneaus University and Kalmar läns museum, Sweden, since 2012. Two Time Travels have been organized at the Kisumu railway station, 1973, using Mathematics in the Historic Environment. Representatives from Maseno University and Kisumu museum took
part in the Bridging Ages conference in Ngurunit last year and, coming back, decided to start a secretariat of Bridging Ages Western Kenya.
Conference in Kisumu
4th February 2015, Maseno University and Kisumu museum organized a conference in Kisumu as a way to launch Bridging Ages Western Kenya. The 70 attendances were university lecturers, museum officials, education officers, teachers of primary and secondary schools, religious leaders, college students, primary and secondary school pupils and also visitors from Linnaeus University and Kalmar läns museum. The presentation modes ranged from academic research presentations, discussions, dance and song. The mix in attendance and presentations were in itself a “Bridging of Ages”.
Presentations and Group Discussions
In the key note address, the Director of Education’s representative noted that an organisation like Bridging Ages will enable the ministry to use the community as a resource, through support, goodwill and co-operation. She encouraged mathematics teachers to use local heritage in mathematics education.
Other presentations were on “The Mean Score Syndrome” which has turned learners into examination robots; on “Dysfunctional Parenthood”, on “Transferable Knowledge”, our children are going to school, but are they learning? and “Parental Loss”. There were also presentations on the Time Travel method, Mathematics in the Historic Environment and from the Muslim and Christian communities.
Group Discussions: When do I learn best? Respect and values? Challenges facing Kisumu and how to address them? Heritage sites in Kisumu? Contribution of mathematics and heritage to education and community?
Conclusion and way forward
Many good ideas came from the group discussions, both challenges and opportunities. Maybe focus on a theme like diversity or communication in the future? The participants agreed on formalizing Bridging Ages, Western Kenya, bringing together the University, Colleges, Museum, Primary schools, Secondary schools, the Education Office and religious leaders. More than 50 participants wrote their names as a sign of commitment, the birth of Bridging Ages, Western Kenya. BAWK can be used to bridge the gap between different communities in Kisumu town and in the whole of Western Kenya.
For the Secretariat of Bridging Ages Western Kenya
- Time travels re-done at the kisumu railways station 45 years later
- Updated: Swedish Exhibition Agency videos from the 2014 BA conference
- Declaration from the Bridging Ages Conference in Ngurunit 2014
- Abstracts from the conference
- Conference programme
- Photos from the conference
- More photos from the conference
- Even more photos from the conference
- Ngurunit conference, a chance of a life time.
- Conference in Ngurunit, northern Kenya 30 April 2011
- Life Mathematics
- Mathematics in the Historic Environment
- Bridging Ages Conference in Ngurunit, Kenya, 26-28 August 2014
- ”Education and Community Building”
- “Education, Heritage and Community Building” Draft program and more
- Karibu Kenya Welcome to Kenya!
- Education and Community Building Mathematics in the Historic Environment
- Mathematics and History together Time Travels at Kisumu Railway Station, Kenya
- Comments from delegates of the Bridging Ages Conference in Ngurunit 26-29 August 2014
- Comments from the Ngurunit conferenece
- Bridging Ages Western Kenya
- Time Travel event at the Maseno Maths Camp, Kenya
- Bridging Ages Kenya Launch
- South Africa
- Åland Islands