The Al-Khwarizmi-Noether Institute (AKNI) is an international mathematics institute that aims to promote top mathematical activities at the highest international level among Palestinians and between Palestinians and persons from other communities including primarily Israeli individuals, in the spirit of promoting equality and diversity, however AKNI will not work with the Israeli governmental institutions. It was founded by Dr. Sari Ghanem in July 2016 and is legally registered as a non-profit organization. Dr. Sari Ghanem is creating and heading the AKNI project and will remain a pure volunteer forever for all his activities in AKNI.
What did AKNI do
In the summer of 2016, AKNI ran its first math Summer Camp in Bethlehem for excellent Palestinian middle-school students. In May 2017, AKNI organized its first Mathematical Olympiad test for middle-school students in Palestine; there were about 500 participants, from both public and private schools. In the summer of 2017, AKNI ran two math Summer Camps, one in Bethlehem and one in Beit Jala, for selected middle-school students based on the Mathematical Olympiad test of May 2017. In June 2018, AKNI organized a Mathematical Olympiad test for middle-school students in Palestine; there were 453 participants, of which 229 are female and 224 are male, from 110 schools in Palestine, of which 66 are public and 44 are private schools. The first twenty-middle schools students who performed best in the Mathematical Olympiad test of June 2018, were exactly 10 girls and 10 boys. In August 2018, AKNI ran a math Summer Camp in Bethlehem and in Beit Jala, for the selected middle-school students based on the Mathematical Olympiad test of June 2018. Other activities so far included follow-up training during the year through worksheets for the Summer Camp participants, supervision of a master thesis and guidance to university students in Palestine, and providing advice to schools in Palestine about Mathematics curriculum.
What will AKNI do
AKNI is now preparing for follow-up training during the year 2018-2019 for the 2018 Summer Camp participants. For the summer 2019, AKNI is planning another Mathematical Olympiad test to select students in grades 6 to 9. Also, for the summer of 2018, AKNI is planning another math Summer Camp for Palestinian students selected based on the Mathematical Olympiad tests of 2017, 2018 and 2019. Further plans include training sessions of Palestinian math teachers, creation of a mathematics library in Palestine, and an international Summer Camp in Europe for talented high-school students. Long term plans include research activities.
AKNI is in need for financial funding for the follow-up activities during the year for the 2018 Summer Camps participants, for the 2019 Mathematical Olympiad test for selection, and for the 2019 Summer Camp. Whereas we are working on various channels in attempt to secure long term funding, keeping the current momentum is crucial for AKNI’s future success.
A request to donate for the Summer Camps!
If you are interested in AKNI’s activities, please help us with a donation. Any amount will help. An opportunity to donate online is available here: