The Philippines lags behind other Asian countries when it comes to the perceived quality of Math and Science Education. In the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report for 2013-2014, the Philippines was ranked 96th out of 142 countries. This is far behind the ranking of Indonesia (No. 35), Japan (No. 34), Malaysia (No. 27) and Taiwan (No. 11). Hong Kong and Singapore have better rankings too.
To motivate the new generation to seek excellence in math skills, Sharp Calculators has banded together with the Department of Education-National Capital Region (DepEd-NCR),Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), Mathematics Trainers’ Guild Philippines (MTG), Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP), and Philippine Council of Mathematics Educators, Inc. (MathTEd) to launch the very first search for the Ten Outstanding Youth Mathematicians (TOYM) in the National Capital Region.
Outstanding youth who will get the TOYM award will be the first batch of Sharp Calculators’ Youth Ambassadors who will spearhead school tours and math symposia Winners will receive plaques of excellence, cash prizes and gifts from Sharp Calculators.
Seen during the launch of the competition were: (from left) Lucero Ong, AVP of Sharp Calculators; Dr. Jose Balmaceda, president of the Math Society of the Philippines and Julie Lim, VP- Sharp Calculators.
The search is open to all public and private high school students in NCR who have completed at least two years of high school. They must be Filipino citizens, either naturalized or born. The nominee must be among the Top 3 students in math as certified by the school principal and the award will be based primarily on the nominee’s performance in national and international competitions.
For students who are chosen to be in the top 20, their involvement in activities included in the recommendation of the principal/math head or other recognized authority will be reviewed and assessed by judges/co-presenters. The said recommendations will be the basis of the judges’ questions for the panel interview. The Deliberation of finalists will be conducted by representatives of the Department of Education NCR, DOST-SEI, MTG Philippines, MSP, and MathTed.
The deadline for nominations will be on January 5, 2015, with the awarding ceremonies scheduled on February 2015.
Nomination kits are now available at selected National Book Store Branches in NCR or can be downloaded through www.sharpminds.ph For more information, contact Sharp Calculators at 681-6161/646-2867 and look for Mary Rose Rocha or Clara Camille Ocampo.