Association Kangourou sans Frontieres (AKSF) Annual Meeting 2015
14-18 October 2015
Kangaroo Math Malaysia participated in the AKSF Annual Meeting that took place in Gothenburg, the second-largest city in Sweden from 14 to 18 October 2015. Malaysia was accepted as a provisional member of AKSF during the 2012 meeting that took place in Protaras Beach, Cyprus. Since then, Malaysia have participated in the 2013 and 2014 meetings that took place at Edinburgh and Puerto Rico, respectively.
Representing Kangaroo Math Malaysia to the meeting is the Director, Mr. Suhaimi Ramly. During the General Meeting, Malaysia was proposed to become a full membership by the AKSF board, due to our track record of running the KMC contest succcessfully for three consecutive years. The motion was tabled by the AKSF Board for voting by the members. This motion was accepted unanimously, so Malaysia is now a full AKSF member. Also received full memberships were Tunisia and Chile.
Full membership for Malaysia in AKSF, after running the Kangaroo for 3 years.
The agenda of the meeting includes a 3-day workshop to discuss the proposed problems for the 2016 contest, and to produce the final version of the paper. The workshop participants were divided into 6 groups, based on the categories (Pre Ecolier, Ecolier, and so on). In each group, participants would select the best problems through a process of democratic voting and debate. After the problems were selected, they worked on the wordings and mathematical notation in the problems.
After the workshop, a mini-conference was held, with speakers from various countries sharing their experience running the Kangaroo contests and activities. Mr. Suhaimi gave a presentation on the KMC Teachers Conference that was held from August to September in four cities: Kuantan, Batu Pahat, Ipoh and KL.
Presentation from Mr. Suhaimi Ramly, Director of Kangaroo Math Malaysia
The AKSF meeting was adjourned in the afternoon of 18 October. The Malaysian delegation then made a side visit to Paris to visit Prof. Andre Deledicq, the founder of Kangaroo Math, and to visit the French Kangaroo headquarter in Paris, which is the birthplace of the Kangaroo movement. The delegation was received at the Kangaroo office by Prof. Deledicq and his son (and current manager of France Kangaroo) Mr. Jean-Philippe Deledicq.
Mr. Suhaimi with Andre Deledicq (left) and Jean-Philippe Deledicq
The Deledicqs gave the Malaysian delegation a tour of the French Kangaroo office, which is full of books, magazines, toys, posters, souvenirs, figurines, and other memorabilia related to mathematics in general and Kangaroo Math in particular, collected for a period of 25 years. Of interest is the collection of mathematical games created by the Deledicq family, which are distributed annually to French Kangaroo participants.
Many thanks to French Kangaroo for their hospitality during our visit.