15 year old Felicia Jesslyn from GEMS World Academy (GWA) has been selected as the UAE’s World Maths Day Ambassador. World Maths Day is an international annual online mathematics competition, held on the first Wednesday in March every year, and Felicia’s job has been to encourage students to take part.
GWA was selected, over all of the schools in the UAE to have a representative student to be the UAE ambassador. Felicia was selected by the World Maths Day committee for her aptitude, logic and arithmetic capabilities.
Caroline Parker, Head of Mathematics at GWA said, “We are so proud of Felicia at school! Her hard work and dedication has paid off and we believe that her role as an international maths ambassador will open up many opportunities for her future”.
World Maths Day is the world’s largest education event with 2.5 million students, aged 6 to 18, participating from over 200 countries. In 2009, 1,952,879 students took part from 204 countries, correctly answering 452,681,681 questions. There are three age categories for students, 8 years and under, 9 to 13 years, and 14 to 18 years of age.
To promote awareness about the day Felicia visited a number of GEMS Schools and discussed the importance of taking part in the competitions. She also blogged with other ambassadors from around the world, sharing all the activities her school was planning.
With Felicia’s support more than 500 students from GWA, from kindergarten to year 11, anxiously took part in the World Maths Day celebrations. The day, which originated in 2006 in Australia, is the world’s largest single educational event in which students from all over the world participate in online maths quizzes over the course of 48 hours. Students compete live with students of the same age and ability level from around the world, in mental arithmetic challenges in which they have to answer as many questions correctly as possible.
Parker also said: “It is very exciting to be part of an event that brings together maths enthusiasts from all over the world and puts their knowledge to the test at the same time. By placing maths in a fun and competitive format, the competition is changing the way children perceive mental arithmetic and problem solving and encourages more students to look at maths as a field of study. The school was in full swing preparing for the contest and math teachers across all grades took time to prepare the students for the challenge.”
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