There are huge divides in terms of access and quality of education across Africa. Mathematics in particular proves problematic, falling far short of global standards. The Lars Windhorst Foundation is providing support to SAMI, a charitable organization that runs maths camps and clubs in Africa for primary and secondary school children, to improve the infrastructure of maths education in Africa.
SAMI was founded in 2013 and supports local initiatives, and provides the expertise to implement, sustain and scale these ideas. By working directly with local people and organisations that have support and contacts within mathematics education, SAMI is well positioned to help deliver high impact solutions where they are needed most. SAMI also recruits international teachers and volunteers for their programmes, currently running in Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia, Togo, Benin, Cameroon and Rwanda. Each camp usually consists of an initial planning week for volunteers, and then a second week of activities for students. The main idea is to come together in shared learning and enjoyment, exploring rich ideas that go far beyond what is traditionally taught in schools.