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Malta among first countries to benefit from online teaching of mathematics

Malta will be one of the first countries to benefit from the online teaching of mathematics at Primary and Secondary levels. This will be the result of an agreement between 99Math, an Estonian company that created this resource, and Malta’s Ambassador to Estonia and Finland, Dr Kenneth Vella. This initiative has been achieved with the approval of the Minister for Education, Dr Owen Bonnici, and the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr Frank Fabri.

As from the coming week, teachers, students and parents will benefit from this online resource in the teaching of mathematics. Access to 99Math will be free of charge and has been developed by an Estonian company which is considered to be among the best 50 European countries in the development of educational technology. The agreement transpired through negotiations between 99Math Chief Executive, Tonis Kusman and Maltese Ambassador Dr Kenneth Vella.

The agreement includes that over and above access from the coming week, once 99Math issues the premium version of this resource, Malta will be the first country to have access after Estonia. In recent years Estonia has made great advances in the educational sphere as evidenced by results of international examinations. Kusman said that through 99Math, teachers may be able to devise a mathematical game within a minute and after the game will have detailed results and the performance of students and this will enable them to identify and address learning problem of students. Students will enjoy playing these games.

“Malta is the first country in the world, outside of Estonia that is taking advantage of this free offering for the entire country for one year. So I wish you engage in Math practice, developing kids’ strengths and having a lot of fun with Math.”

Dr Frank Fabri said he is confident that this collaboration between Malta and Estonian colleges will lead to further educational initiatives in the year to come.

Ambassador Vella said that the 99Math agreement complements the Government’s economic vision that will emphasise the importance of science and mathematics at Primary and Secondary levels. Dr Vella said that through the help of the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs, Malta is benefiting from the collaboration between Estonian and Maltese entities not only in the technological sphere but also digital technology and online commerce.