ECOSF delegation visits Isfahan Mathematics House and meets its Team Leader for extending this concept to other ECO member states on February 8, 2018 in Isfahan, Iran

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The Delegation of ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) headed by President ECOSF Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro along with Executive Director (elect) of ECOSF Professor Seyed Komail Tayebi visited Isfahan Mathematics House (IMH) and held a meeting with Dr. Ali Rejali team leader of IMH on February 8, 2018 in Isfahan, Iran. The visiting ECOSF team was briefed in detail the functioning of the IMH. Prof. Dr. Soomro thanked IMH for sending the two experts to Lahore in January 2018 and appreciated the leadership for their contribution towards development of alternative teaching methods and non-conventional education of mathematics for encouraging young students to foster critical thinking and discourage rote learning. Prof. Soomro stressed that the Mathematics House is a unique concept that can provide effective tools for students and teachers for promoting greater understanding of the subject. Feedback on participation of two IMH expert ladies in the Lahore Science Mela 2018 (Pakistan) was also discussed.

It is pertinent to mention that ECOSF facilitated the collaboration between the IMH and School of Education at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Pakistan for cooperation between the two organizations and sponsored participation of two mathematicians from IMH in the Lahore Science Mela held on January 27-28, 2018.  It is expected that this initial interaction of experts from IMH facilitated by ECOSF will lead to a stronger cooperation in the future.

In response, Dr. Rejali appreciated the support extended to experts of IMH for their participation the Lahore event. Prof. Dr. Manzoor Soomro further discussed the way forward to extend this unique concept for replication and establishment of similar mathematics houses in other ECO member states; to which, Dr. Rejali happily agreed. During the visit, delegates were shown around the IMH and Prof. Soomro had an opportunity to interact with young students and mathematicians.

The IMH engages children from preschool to high schools to advance mathematical sciences and stimulate the interest amongst the students through non formal hands on training. The Isfahan Mathematics House has also developed numerous activities, tools and job skill development for the visually impaired persons including music, massage expertise and computer programmes.

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