GeoGebra Institute of Niger is hosted by mathematics teachers of IREM (Institut de Recherches sur l’Enseignement des Mathematiques) at Abdou Moumouni University of Niamey (http://uam.refer.ne). IREM is an institute for training mathematic teachers and promoting Math in general in Niger. We are a GeoGebra Institute at the national level and have members from secondary schools and from the University of Maradi as well. Our chair person is Professor Amidou Morou, from the University of Niamey.
One of our main goals is simply to attract more students to raise their interest in mathematics through GeoGebra.
Our institute was born as a result of a great international cooperation, a project called “Use of new technologies in mathematics education” with the University of Cantabria in Spain, whose professors gave an outstanding series of GeoGebra trainings to our high school teachers.
Now, we are happy to pass now this knowledge on to other high school teachers, educational supervisors and students of the University of Niamey and Maradi and promote development of GeoGebra resources in line with the national curricula in Niger. Despite the limited access to internet (appr. 26,5%) in Niger, these series of trainings have involved more than 100 teachers and secondary school inspectors, and more than 8,000 students. For the moment most of the trainings are focused on the content of the subjects taught in secondary schools, namely statistics, trigonometry, transformations and equations.
GeoGebra provides African countries like Niger with a unique opportunity: it is free and very easy to download. This is a software that we have known and used mainly for its graphical aspects: we just love its graphics and that layout curves can be easily exported to other documents.
In the end of June, 2013, our university will join local Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 celebrations with a special GeoGebra session.
For more information please visit our site at http://ig-niger.refer.ne/ and join our facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/GeoGebra-Institute-of-Niger/255947331104256