African Gong has established a new partnership with AIMS-South Africa to further enhance the programmatic delivery framework of both organisations, with a particular focus on advancing the communication of Mathematics and upscaling the public engagement skills and capacities of AIMS Lecturers, Students and Researchers. The partnership has been formalised through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) document which was agreed on by both organisations, and adopted at a signing ceremony which took place on the 10 May 2019, at AIMS-South Africa, in Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa.
Present for the signing were Dr Elizabeth Rasekoala, signatory and President of African Gong and Prof. Barry Green, signatory and Director of AIMS-South Africa, while Dr Rejoyce Gavhi-Molefe, House of Science Manager at AIMS-South Africa witnessed the signing.
The MOU will enable both African Gong and AIMS-South Africa to jointly deliver and implement three activity programmes, two of which have been conceptualised by African Gong (Africa Scientifique and WAFIRA) and a third which has been jointly conceptualised by both organisations (The Ishango Workshops on Mathematics Communication in Africa).
- Africa Scientifique – a unique Training and Capacity-building programme designed for young and emerging African scientists, scholars and researchers (Masters’ and PhD’s students), to advance research expertise and capacity on the continent, and to build advanced skills, expertise and practice of science communication and research dissemination with publics in Africa;
- Women Advancement Forum: International Exchanges, Research & Academia (WAFIRA) – a capacity-building programme for female academics and researchers;
- The Ishango Workshops on Mathematics Communication in Africa – “Communicating the ‘M’ in STEM in Africa’’.
About AIMS-South Africa
Established in 2003, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a Pan-African network of centres of excellence for postgraduate education, research and public engagement in mathematical sciences. The first AIMS centre was opened in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2003 as a partnership project among six local and international universities. Since then AIMS centres have been opened in Senegal (2011), Ghana (2012), Cameroon (2013), Tanzania (2014) and Rwanda (2016). The pan-African network of AIMS centres is coordinated by the AIMS Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI) located in Kigali, Rwanda. The AIMS-House of Science with the secretariat based in AIMS-South Africa is a Coordination Hub of the AIMS Network for public engagement. For more information visit: www.aims.ac.za
Press Release on the Signing of the African Gong-AIMS South Africa MOU http://www.africangong.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Afgong-AimsMOUpressrelease.pdf