Math anxiety is caused by rigid lecture-based education systems, a lack of tailored teaching materials, and inefficient assessment methods. Incremental learning gaps in mathematical knowledge can have an exponential impact on a student's understanding over time. By addressing these issues, we can help reduce math anxiety and create a more inclusive learning environment for students.
Banglar Math uses a blended learning approach named "Math Olympiad Technique" to reduce math fear and promote competency-based learning. The Math Olympiad Technique is a competency-based mathematics learning approach using "Mathematics Learning Kits," developed and reimagined by the founders of Banglar Math, who are actively involved with the Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad Committee and have worked closely with the government as math consultants. This technique has been implemented in 66,000 government primary schools in Bangladesh after a successful pilot. Banglar Math develops teaching-learning materials, kits, games, and puzzles for students aged 6–18 years and compiles them into a Mathematics Learning Kitbox named "Goniter Jhuli" (Sack of Math), and offer offline and online workshops for students in grades 1–8 to learn and practice math using these kits. The goal is to provide accessible and enjoyable ways to understand mathematical concepts using kits, games and puzzles.
Since starting Banglar Math in 2021, we have held capacity-building workshops for secondary school teachers and several online and offline workshops for students and job seekers. Our recently published book, Gonit Bojhar Hatekhori (Art of Learning Math), became a best-seller in the primary category in the local industry-leading online bookstore, rokomari.com. We have touched over 100,000 individuals through our activities so far, and we have helped almost 1,000 people.
In the next 2-3 years, the focus will be on expanding reach and impact through a series of innovative mathematics learning kit boxes, collaboration with local and international institutions, and the introduction of segmented online courses. We aim to strengthen student mentoring programs and empower diverse learners.
At present, we are offering an institution affiliation program, where we exchange our learning with educators and conduct Math Camps in institutions so that both the teachers and students can understand the necessity of our math learning kits.
Besides, our student mentoring program, "Art of Learning Math," is going on for students aged between 8 and 14 years old. We hope to release an app soon.