Small Steps: 
To get many
students interested in and attracted to mathematics,
these students need to see its relevance to their daily
lives and have fun studying it. This is the other
area of focus for Math NED. In fact, Math NED envisages
the extension of all mathematical ideas to a national
education program that would guide Ghana 's national
development. So far, there have been six demonstration
lessons at two centers, three at Sakumono School Complex
in Tema, and the other three at Workers College in Accra
. 

The lessons
were on the pi and area for junior and senior secondary
schools combined, matrices for tertiary level students,
and sets for parents and workers. The emphasis was on
active participation of the students in making sense of
the concepts and applications to real life. There was
extensive media coverage and television broadcast of the
lessons. 

Letters have
been sent to all members of the Mathematical Association
of Ghana (MAG) through their National Chairman requiring
them to initiate the setting up of Mathematics Clubs in
their various schools by the end of January 2004. They
should set aside one hour a week to get the club members
to read (as a storybook ) and make sense of their
mathematics textbooks under the guidance of a
mathematics teacher. 

While MAG
members are busy with the formation of mathematics clubs
nationwide, Math NED has adopted two schools in a rural
setting within which a full range of Math NED activities
will be implemented on a pilot basis. These schools are
Vakpo Secondary School and Vakpo Secondary Technical
School , in the Volta Region of Ghana. On the 4th of
December 2003 , Founder and Executive Director of Math
NED talked to the students of the two schools about Math
NED 

Among many
of the activities planned for the schools are the
setting up mathematics clubs, mathematics quiz
competitions, and the creation of mathematics
laboratories. Eventually, these activities will be
extended to all other schools in the town. Ultimately, a
fully networked Math NED Center , with internet
connectivity, will be built for promoting the
appreciation of mathematics. It should be worthy of note
that the schools were adopted upon a request from the
paramount chief of the town where the schools are found.
This illustrates the community's interest in the whole
program. 

In fact,
requests have started coming in from the regions of
Ghana for Math NED activities to be introduced to MAG
members in those regions. Eastern Region had a
mathematics workshop in Koforidua on the 24 th of
February 2004 while the Greater Accra Region had its
mathematics workshop in Accra on the 26 th of February
2004 . Furthermore, the two adopted schools in the Volta
Region invited Math NED to grace their outdoor
mathematics activities in Vakpo on the 28 th of February
2004 . Indeed, the fire has been lit! 

