New Sydney-funded mathematics centre in the Negev

January 7, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Sydney couple Simona and Leon Kamenev have launched a mathematics centre in the Negev in their name.

Simona and Leon Kamenev with their daughters, with the Mayor of Rahat Faiz Abu-Sahiban

The Switch Center for Training and Advancement of Employment, founded by the Triguboff Institute, launched a joint project with Rahat Municipality to promote mathematics studies based on the Ten Fingers program for the city’s 700 schoolchildren.

The Simona and Leon Kamenev Math Learning Centre is in the Switch Centre and will be dedicated mainly to activities in the Negev area.

Ten Fingers uses a unique approach to math learning for children from kindergarten to grade 6 based on games and hands-on activities.

The program was developed to provide optimal support to teachers in conveying mathematical concepts in an effective and enjoyable way.

In the new joint project, the Switch Centre and the Rahat Community Centre will operate a math and science program for several hundred children in grades 1-6 at several sites throughout the city, including the Kamenev Center located at the Switch Center, the Rahat Community Centre and several elementary schools.

The inauguration of the Kamenev Center and launch event was attended by the CEO of the Triguboff Institute Shalom Norman, the Chair of the Executive Board of Switch Howard Myers, Mayor of Rahat Faiz Abu-Sahiban, CEO of Idan Hanegev Company, Moshe Paul, CEO of the Rahat Economic Company,  Mahmud Alamour, Director of the Rahat Community Centre, Fuad Alziadna, and Director of the city’s Education Division Dr Ali Alhuzail.

Shalom Norman said: “Promoting math studies has gained momentum in recent years. Matific is a company that uses a high-quality, effective method to promote math learning, and we are here today to continue to promote this topic on behalf of the Triguboff Institute and the Switch Centre. We thank Leon and Simona from the bottom of our hearts for contacting us and donating the advanced technological and physical infrastructure at the Switch Center that will be used to promote math learning in the Negev.”

Mayor of Rahat Faiz Abu-Sahiban added: “As an educator, I place special emphasis on promoting the field of mathematics among the schoolchildren of Rahat.

Rahat recently set its goal to improve achievements in matriculation exams in math, and in fact, in one year the number of high schoolers sitting for 5-point math matriculation exams rose from only 5 to 472.

We believe that all our problems can be solved through education, and we express our gratitude to the Switch Centre, the Triguboff Institute, the Rahat Community Center, the Kamenevs, and Matific for participating in this wonderful project.”


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