BreakingNews 24/7/16: Mathematical Story-telling Proggram for Girls at the Drammeh Center, New York, USA

[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - Bronx, New York: A hands-on intensive mathematical and digital story-telling program that introduces girls to indigenous African math theory is set to launch next spring at the Drammeh Center in New York.
 
The program uses Ndebele doll sculpturing of the Ndzundza Ndebele people of present day South Africa, to strengthen girls’ knowledge about mathematical and
scientific principals in the world around them.
 
The curriculum was developed by Nkechi Agwu, a professor of mathematics who is recognized for her contributions to mathematics and also awarded the 2014 Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship in Ethno-mathematics.
 
“This is a highly anticipated program for us because it reclaims self expression of indigenous knowledge systems that have been silenced and marginalized in a number of ways,” said Iman Drammeh, the center’s director. “Knowing the impact of indigenous knowledge can be positively transformative for our youth.”
 
To help spark imaginations, girls will explore visually stimulating prototypes of the Ndebele classic beadwork-artistry that are rooted in mathematics. “Girls will learn the patterning strategies of geometry and cryptography from Ndebele mother to daughter in the initiation (rites of passage) process, which nurtures girls into STEM careers,” said Agwu.
 
Drammeh and Agwu’s shared vision is to give a voice to African culture through STEM activities that are seen broadly through tourism and trade, but little understood. Both believe that the passing on of culture is the heart of development and essential for holding communities together around traditions that are very much alive.
 
In addition to learning about culture, gender and class equity, other highlights of the program include girls learning how to share oral history by video recording their own narratives. Any girls at the high school age level wishing to explore African culture through science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) are encouraged to apply. The program is free and spaces will be limited.
 
The Ndebele Doll Sculpturing Program will be held at the Drammeh Center in the Bronx from April 8 with a closing ceremony on April 16, 2017. Applications will be available in August. Collaborators include the National Mathematics Centre, Abuja, Nigeria, Center for Gender Issues in Science and Technology, Federal University of Technology, Akure and, Pan African Strategic Policy and Research Group (PANAFSTRAG).
 
For information email contact: E.C. Edwards at DrammehCenter@gmail.com
 
Nkechi Madonna Agwu
Professor of Mathematics & Developer of Curriculum.
 
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