The Commonwealth Association of Science, Technology and Mathematics Educators (CASTME)is a professional organisation that provides a forum for Science, Technology and Mathematics Educators across the Commonwealth. Based in London, it has regional branches in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe.
CASTME (Mauritius) was set up in 2009 and is involved in activities related to:
(a) involving teachers/educators into critical discussion for improving the teaching of science, technology and mathematics at primary, secondary levels and in schools and reach out programmes (museums, science centres, etc,)
(b) providing a platform for sharing of ideas and up-to-date issues in science (including environmental and health issues), technology and mathematics education and ICT through networking; and/or other science, mathematics and technology associations to meet and. share ideas alongside with communities for public understanding of science, technology and mathematics;
(c) conducting workshops for dissemination of latest trends and techniques in science, technology and mathematics education;
(d) encouraging lifelong learning that contributes to personal development;
(e) disseminating ideas, views related to science, technology and mathematics to the public at large;
(f) carrying all activities towards attaining all of the above mentioned objectives.
CASTME (Mauritius) Award Ceremony 2010
The Commonwealth Association of Science, Technology and Mathematics Educators (Mauritius) was launched on 29 January 2010 in the presence of Mr Colin Matheson, Chair of CASTME, Lady Dr Sue Dale Tunnicliffe and Mrs Jayantee Naugah, former Associate Professor and Head of School of Science and Mathematics at the Mauritius Institute of Education.
The President of CASTME (Mauritius) is Professor Yashwant Ramma, Head of the School of Science and Mathematics at the Mauritius Institute of Education. The Secretary Mrs Sita Ramlugun, Deputy Rector, Gaetan Raynal State College.
CASTME is a professional organization that links Science, Technology and Mathematics (STM) Educators across the Commonwealth. Its Headquarters is in London, with regional branches in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe. Members of CASTME meet during regular conferences and workshops that are organized in the countries of the regional branches.
CASTME (Mauritius) has been set up with a view to providing a platform for professionals and educators in the primary and secondary sectors to come together to discuss and share ideas on a number of salient education-related issues.
Many local researches do emphasize on the need for teachers to get together and collaborate rather than functioning in isolation. Collaboration among teachers helps to critically explore, identify and correct misconceptions and shortcomings in one’s conception of things. The danger becomes real when teachers do not formally meet and ‘agree to disagree’ on contradicting issues as such an action would certainly enable everyone to replenish oneself in terms of knowledge and skills acquisition.
One of the main objectives of the Association, apart from organizing workshops, conferences and awards, is to provide a platform for Educators and to network locally and internationally and debate on pertinent educational issues. There are many burning issues in science, mathematics and technology that there is an urgency to look for solution to address them and the debate is one of the options where educators through deliberations could make incredible and valuable contributions and come up with solutions.
CASTME Mauritius awarded two full scholarships to two first degree graduates in Mauritius to proceed to the University of Westminster in UK in September 2010 to study for Masters Degree in the fields of Science and Technology. The scholarships were awarded to Rubeena Domun and Rajkumaree Oogur, both graduates in Engineering from the University of Mauritius.
CASTME Mauritius has been organizing a number of activities to engage teachers in promoting science, technology and mathematics education.
Some of the activities for 2010-2013:
- An Innovative Primary School Teacher Award
- A Primary School Pupil Award
- Competition for Students – Climate Change – Our Contribution
Science and Technology and Mathematics education is central to the quality of life and the economic well-being of one and all. We believe that CASTME through its activities and in collaboration with other organizations in different fields of science and technology can add value and help towards the advancement of science, technology and mathematics educators in a knowledge-based society.