Spirit of Math (SoM) hosted a press conference titled “Releasing the Genius® in Pakistan: A meeting of great minds and great ideas” at a local hotel today.
The Honourable Minister for Education Punjab, Dr. Murad Raas was in attendance as the chief guest. Other guests included prominent educationists, key decision makers in education, business owners, private school owners and principals. The Spirit of Math team was led by CEO & Co-founder Ms. Kimberley Langen and included Nathan Langen (Director Business Development), James Polley (Director Campus Operations), Umar Amanullah (Director Marketing) and Zorain Masood (Operations Manager).
Kimberley Langen, the award-winning CEO and co-founder of Spirit of Math spoke about the vital nature of unleashing innovation and imagination as drivers for the development of students into the leaders of tomorrow’s Pakistan.
Former Minster for Education Punjab, Imran Masood highlighted the role of the private school sector in enhancing the literacy rate in Pakistan and expressed a dire need for current Punjab Minister of Education Dr. Rass to collaborate with the private sector.
Nathan Langen, Director of Business Development, Spirit of Math highlighted the significant accomplishments of SoM in Pakistan to date and set up a conversation of plans for deeper collaborations with all sectors in the search for and development of talent from the children of Pakistan. Mr. Langen announced World Mathematical Olympiad (WMO) Pakistan, a nation-wide talent hunt that will allow Spirit of Math to select and train Team Pakistan for the WMO.
The minister of Education Punjab, Dr. Murad Raas welcomed Kim Langen and Spirit of Math with open arms to Pakistan. As a foreign graduate himself he understands the importance of education and the contributions rendered by the Langen family world over. He warmly greeted the CEO and expressed keen interest and desire to collaborate with Spirit of Math for teacher training, and the Spirit of Math contest. He emphasized that it is not about one government or another, rather a matter of ensuring that every child counts. He passionately underscored the fact that investment in children is an investment for our future generations. Dr. Raas will follow up with further discussions with Spirit of Math and develop an action plan. In his concluding remarks, Dr. Raas endorsed Spirit of Math and indicated he would like to see Spirit of Math grow from 4 campuses to 4,000 campuses in Punjab.
The vital nature of unleashing innovation and imagination as drivers for development of students into the leaders of tomorrow’s Pakistan. The gathering transformed into a collaborative ideation session moderated by Mrs. Langen in which all attendees including the Minister took part. The whole room was engaged in thoughtful discussion around key questions about the present and future aspirational states of education in Pakistan and contributed ideas that will be compiled and presented in the form of a “white paper” to Dr. Murad Raas.
ABOUT SPIRIT OF MATH:
Spirit of Math is Canada’s premier and largest after-school math program for high-performing students and a global leader in math enrichment. Spirit of Math’s unique curriculum was developed over a 30 year period in a classroom setting with students. At its core, Spirit of Math began with the ideas of Charles Ledger, a math teacher who developed the initial grades 7 to 9 curriculum while teaching at a Toronto-area high-school throughout the 1970s and 80s. In 1993, Charles’s daughter, Kimberley Langen, CEO and Co-Founder, took his unique curriculum to the private sector and began teaching the first cohort of Spirit of Math students from her home.
Within a few short years, the Spirit of Math philosophy towards mathematics enrichment rapidly evolved to multiple classrooms in larger permanent facilities. Today, Spirit of Math has grown to almost 10,000 students with more than 40 campuses across Canada, United States and Pakistan.
Spirit of Math specializes in the following areas:
K-12 After-School Classes & Camps | Educator Professional Development | Publications| Annual SoM Contest | Student Workshops