Rwanda Hosts Africa Youth Mathematicians’ Competition

Rwanda is hosting, for the first time, the 30th edition of the Pan-African Mathematics Olympiad, PAMO 2023, running from May 13 to 22.

The annual event hosted by the African Mathematics Union brings together the continent’s greatest young secondary school mathematics students to compete in a friendly competition.

The President of AIMS Rwanda, Prof Dr Sam Yala, who spoke at PAMO’s official opening ceremony held at Intare Conference Arena, in Kigali, on May 16, said that the Pan-African Mathematics Olympiad aims to provide a platform for the continent’s brightest young minds to showcase their talents and potential.

“PAMO not only fosters a love and appreciation for mathematics but also paves the way for future leaders in science and technology, hence, inspiring the next generation of African mathematicians,” he said.

The competition welcomed 26 countries that sent teams in person, and an additional eight countries attended online. Each team consists of three girls and three boys, accompanied by a leader and deputy.

Students face two four-hour 30-minute exams involving original and never-seen-before questions, selected by the PAMO Problem Selection Committee and Jury.

Students prepared for this competition through a national selection test and rigorous training. Beyond the competition, participants will learn from Rwanda’s approach to developing and supporting its people, while exploring Rwanda’s culture.

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Additionally, the students are set for different activities, including trips to tourist sites, a careers fair, and excursions.