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Thierry Zomahoun

Thierry Zomahoun

Executive Director, AIMS Next Einstein Initiative

 
Thierry Zomahoun became Executive Director of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Next Einstein Initiative in August 2011. He has three master’s degrees, including an Executive MBA from McGill University, and has held leadership positions at several Canadian international development organizations.
 
"I strongly believe that the key to wealth creation in Africa is education. However, the traditional way of teaching math and science has alienated generations of young Africans. So when I learned what AIMS was doing, I fell in love with its approach. We don’t teach students what to think, but enable them to solve problems by themselves.                                                
 
The support we’ve received from Canada has enabled us to tap into major future funding. When other donors see the partnership between AIMS and the Government of Canada through IDRC, they are reassured that something serious is going on here in the area of innovative math and science education in Africa.
 
AIMS is positively affecting education in Africa. Universities are learning from its methods, and a recent UNESCO award recognized AIMS’ innovative teacher training. Our centre in Cape Town has trained almost 1,000 teachers in the AIMS approach. AIMS is a transformational experience, with every student getting a world-class education on a full scholarship."
 
Learn more about AIMS from Naser Faruqui's presentation at IDRC's annual public meeting and article in Embassy newsweekly.

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