This competition was planned to commemorate the designation of March 14 each year as “International Day of Mathematics” which is proclaimed by UNESCO in 2019, and it was held as part of the “UNESCO Future Co-creation Platform Project” implemented by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. We sought applications with posters and videos on the theme of “the connection between mathematics and society” from the students in the secondary education stage both domestically and internationally. The purpose was “To provide an opportunity for secondary education students
to deepen understanding of the connection between mathematics in society and,
to increase interest and motivation to learn mathematics. ” and “To provide an opportunity for young people across countries to exchange ideas while having cross-cultural exchange through the publication of award-winning works”.
In spite of a short period of time for project preparation and application, we are pleased to inform you that we have received 125 posters and 22 videos. We would like to express our deep gratitude to all the leaders who have been developing their understanding of SDGs and actively engaged in activities.
All of the works we received are excellent, and there are many variations of works such as those that relate social issues and mathematics and those that try to discover mathematics from nature, culture, music, sports, etc. It made me experience “various perspectives of teenagers”. The quality of the videos produced by students from the secondary schools are also noteworthy.
We hope that this competition develops understanding of SDGs as well as various social issues especially for young people, and further expands activities for a sustainable society.
Chairman of The Mathematics Certification Institute of Japan