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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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In February 2015, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in Ghana hosted a succession of briefings on gains made in promoting transparency and accountability, factors affecting economic growth, and the public’s perception of socio-economic and...
External Program Reviews (2015) Think Tank converts knowledge into change in GhanaResearch calls for preventive approach to gender-based violence in SenegalHarnessing demographic change for economic growth in AfricaNganyi Community Resource Centre: Community radio station broadcasts weather forecasts, climate change news to farmers in Kenya

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Despite laws and a constitution that guarantees gender equality, women in Senegal still experience high rates of violence. Critics point to an ineffective legal system that doesn't focus on prevention, where police rarely intervene, and where few...
External Program Reviews (2015)Think Tank converts knowledge into change in Ghana Research calls for preventive approach to gender-based violence in SenegalHarnessing demographic change for economic growth in AfricaNganyi Community Resource Centre: Community radio station broadcasts weather forecasts, climate change news to farmers in Kenya

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The impact of demographic change on economic growth in Kenya and South Africa is the focus of two articles published in the 2014 Policy in Focus magazine. The two studies were conducted by the National Transfer Accounts (NTA) network, which IDRC has...
External Program Reviews (2015)Think Tank converts knowledge into change in GhanaResearch calls for preventive approach to gender-based violence in Senegal Harnessing demographic change for economic growth in AfricaNganyi Community Resource Centre: Community radio station broadcasts weather forecasts, climate change news to farmers in Kenya

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​To mark World Meteorological Day on March 23, 2015, the Kenya Meteorological Service (KMS) launched a resource centre and radio station in western Kenya to disseminate weather and climate information. In 2006, the IGAD Climate Prediction and...
External Program Reviews (2015)Think Tank converts knowledge into change in GhanaResearch calls for preventive approach to gender-based violence in SenegalHarnessing demographic change for economic growth in Africa Nganyi Community Resource Centre: Community radio station broadcasts weather forecasts, climate change news to farmers in Kenya
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