Japan, Marshall Islands Host Joint Math Education Seminar

Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

News Release

RMI Office of the President Majuro, Marshall Islands

June 12, 2012

With support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Republic of the Marshall Islands Ministry of Education hosted a math seminar from June 6-8, 2012, at the International Conference Center. With a goal of enhancing math teaching skills and techniques, the seminar provided a forum to discuss challenges by educators from the Micronesia region.

During the opening ceremony, RMI Education Minister Dr. Hilda Heine welcomed participants from the local communities, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau. She gave special recognition to JICA Resident Representative, Mr. Junji Ishizuka, and expressed appreciation for his support of the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) program in the RMI, and throughout the region.

"Mathematics is such an important subject and we continue to look for strategies and support to improve our student’s performances in this area. We also need to focus on the growing local teachers and experts in math," stated Minister Heine.

She extended gratitude to all JOCV volunteers from throughout the region for their role in improving mathematics education for the young people of the island nations.

"We have many reasons to be hopeful about this regional seminar and its outcome for our children, and respective countries," said Minister Heine.

In his brief remarks, JICA Resident Representative Ishizuka emphasized on the need to ensure that students are well prepared for further studies in mathematics.

"It is indispensable to enhance the ability of basic numeracy of students," said Ishizuka.

There were practical opportunities for participants from open math sessions with students at Delap Elementary School, lesson studies, a review of basic calculation skills, as well as, sessions on class management.

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