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14th March, International Day of Mathematics

KARACHI: Mathematics is a common langue of all the humanity inhabiting the planet Earth.

Convinced that greater awareness of mathematical sciences are vital to addressing challenges in areas such as artificial intelligence, climate change, energy, sustainable development, and to improving the quality of life in both the developed and the developing worlds, UNESCO’s 40th General Conference proclaimed 14th March of every year as International Day of Mathematics.

This day is meant to highlight the fundamental role played by the mathematical sciences in the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in reinforcing the two UNESCO priorities (Gender equality and the continent Africa).

It is pertinent to mention here that Mathematics is used in every field to ameliorate the quality of human lives: to optimize transport and communication networks; understanding and controlling the spread of epidemics; efficient planning and managing of health, economic and social systems.

In today’s democracies it helps designing electoral system that better represent the will of the people; then Mathematics help to understand the risks of floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and other calamities, enabling people prepare well in advance.

UNESCO is committed to facilitate access to mathematics education and research in developing countries through its educational programs, but also through its regional centers dedicated to mathematics.

Mathematics helps societies for the benefit of all citizens: During the Pandemic mathematics provides its models to help the suffering humanity comprehend and contain the Covid-19;   It enables smart planning and management of health, economic, and social systems.  Mathematics have a key role in steering decisions to promote peace and social justice.

Unfortunately, in countries like Pakistan (where most of the students are not getting proper education) Mathematics is reckoned as a boring subject. Whereas, the truth is that it is an essential part of the cultural heritage and is manifested in all the fields. | YouTube Channel

Dr. Iffet Sultana

Prof. Dr. Iffet Sultana PhD (Education), IQRA University, M.Phil. (Environmental Education) IQRA University, Master’s in Educational Administration & Management (University of Karachi). Dr. Iffet Sultana has been associated with IQRA University as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Management Sciences, Department of Business Administration since 2013. Her PhD Thesis is on “Girls’ Access & Equity in Primary Education in the Slum Areas of Karachi”. In the past, she has worked for the Ministry of Environment, Government of Pakistan. She has presented numerous research papers in National and International Conferences. Her areas of special interest are Girls’ Education, Inclusive Education, Environmental Education and Gender Studies. She has been actively teaching and stimulating student’s interest in Social Science and Developmental Sciences Subjects including Education, Sociology, Psychology & other Contemporary Subjects. Dr. Sultana is also associated with various NGOs in the capacity of Consultant. Writes for News as Contributing Editor (particularly focusing on the UN International Days.)