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Commonwealth Award to Indian educator for excellent work in math language
With the formal announcement in January 2019 of Findel-CASTME Education Awards instituted by the Commonwealth Association of Science, Technology Educators (CASTME) in London, Kathleen Nugent, Vice Chair CASTME wrote to Indian award winner Dr Lalit Kishore of Disha Foundation in Jaipur, "I am delighted to let you know that the CASTME Trustees were unanimous in their decision to award the Findel CASTME Education Award to you for your entry - Training Primary Teachers To Become Math Language Literates."

Dr Kishore had made a presentation on language of mathematics at the 2nd International Children's Science and Mathematics Festival in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, organised by Sri Prakash Schools in 2014. The delegates had urged that a course in the language of math should be developed which got fructified at Disha, Jaipur, during 2016-17 and tried out in 2018 for CASTME Award entry.

Congratulating Dr Kishore for the award, Nugent added that the CASTME Trustees would be very interested to know if he had continued to develop this excellent work saying he would receive a £300 Voucher for equipment or educational resources from the Philip Harris International Primary Catalogue.

Recently, CASTME partnered with Findel International Education Resources and Philip Harris for the award scheme and turned it to an international competition with an aim to encourage innovations and sharing of best practice across Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education worldwide.

The CASTME award scheme has been encouraging interdisciplinary educational innovations that demonstrate the importance of STEM to local environments, schools, higher education institutions, diversity of learners and communities.

The entries for the awards are expected to be evidence-based educational projects, which address the social or human context of STEM disciplines. Widening the scope of the award scheme, it has been decided that the entrants could be a group or an individual involved in any form of education in the widest senses such as formal or informal, within societies can enter including pre-school, primary, secondary and higher education levels.

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