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Jamaica’s National Mathematics Week Promotes Excitement and Engagement

In an effort to bolster enthusiasm for mathematics education and dispel negative perceptions surrounding the subject, the Ministry of Education and Youth in Jamaica is gearing up to host its annual National Mathematics Week from April 14 to April 19.

Under the theme “Adding Up the Excitement: Maths Rocks,” the week-long event aims to celebrate the importance of mathematics while providing students with engaging activities to enhance their skills and appreciation for the subject.

Kicking off the festivities will be a national service at Webster Memorial United Church in Kingston on April 14, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The service will set the tone for a series of events planned throughout the week.

One of the highlights of the week will be the recognition of more than 110 students from primary and secondary institutions who participated in the Jamaica Mathematics Olympiad, an initiative of the University of the West Indies (UWI). The awards ceremony, scheduled for April 15, will also include the presentation of the Mathematics Teacher of the Year Award.

Regional mathematics activities will commence on April 16, with events planned across various locations in Jamaica. These activities aim to broaden participation and positively influence students’ perceptions of mathematics.

According to Mathematics Coordinator for the Ministry’s Region Seven, Camae Johnson Burrell, the decision to host regional activities was made to increase participation from schools across the country. She emphasized the importance of engaging parents, community members, and corporate Jamaica in supporting the week-long activities.

In addition to physical events, students will have the opportunity to test their knowledge by answering the Mathematics Question of the Day, which will be posted on the Ministry’s social media pages throughout the week.


National Mathematics Week in Jamaica serves as an important initiative to promote the significance of mathematics education and foster a positive attitude towards the subject among students. By incorporating both physical events and online engagement opportunities, the Ministry of Education and Youth is ensuring that the celebration reaches a wide audience and encourages active participation.

The decision to organize regional activities reflects a strategic approach to engage schools across Jamaica and address the challenge of negative perceptions surrounding mathematics. Through collaborative efforts involving schools, communities, and corporate partners, National Mathematics Week has the potential to make a meaningful impact on students’ learning experiences and future success in mathematics.

As the week unfolds, it is hoped that the enthusiasm generated will continue to inspire students to embrace mathematics as a tool for problem-solving, critical thinking, and innovation. By instilling a sense of excitement and empowerment, Jamaica’s National Mathematics Week sets a positive example for promoting STEM education and fostering academic excellence in the Caribbean region.

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