“Mathematics is Everywhere” was the theme for the International Day of Mathematics which took place on 14 March 2020, a worldwide celebration.
The International Day of Mathematics project is led by the International Mathematical Union and is supported by numerous organizations from all over the world. On 26 November 2019, the 40th General Conference of UNESCO approved the Proclamation of 14 March (Pi Day), as the International Day of Mathematics (IDM).
One look at the IDM website shows the level of enthusiasm and interest in mathematics and its many applications around the globe. Events and activities were scheduled, enabling participation for both students and the general public in schools, museums, libraries and other spaces.
The Future Teaching Scholars programme is part of this wider community, promoting the importance of mathematics in education. One of our Scholars, Hannah Ellison, explains her passion for maths and why she is motivated to share her subject knowledge:
“I love my subject as it’s the universal language and offers so many opportunities. This is why I wish to spread the love of maths to the next generation of learners… I believe teachers have a huge responsibility and I would love to be part of this challenge.”
The IDM is asking for ideas for the 2021 theme for the International Day of Mathematics. They aim to “make it unique each year, spark creativity and bring light to connections between mathematics and all sorts of fields, concepts and ideas”.
If you have an idea for next year’s theme, send in suggestions on their website by the deadline of 14 April 2020. Best of luck!