On September 3rd, 2013, Minister of State for Training and Skills, Ciarán Cannon, TD, and Country Managing Director of Accenture Ireland, Mark Ryan, launched JUMP Math. JUMP Math is a new research programme being funded by Accenture, Science Foundation and the Department of Education, which has the potential to build the mathematical capability within primary schools in Ireland. At its core, JUMP Math is a new method of teaching maths to children at primary school that aims to enhance their potential and encourage an understanding and enjoyment of the subject, amongst both teachers and their pupils.
JUMP Math was founded by Canadian, John Mighton, a member of the prestigious Ashoka network of social entrepreneurs and introduced to Ireland through Ashoka's Change Nation programme.
In September 2013, a research programme will engage with 24 schools. 12 of these schools will introduce the JUMP Math alternative teaching methodology, while 12 other schools will introduce the Irish-developed IMPACT Maths methodology. The two groups will be observed and compared over the course of the school year.
Speaking at the launch of JUMP Math, Mark Ryan, Country Managing Director, Accenture said
“We are delighted to sponsor this highly innovative new approach to teaching maths and we hope it is a huge success for the pilot schools involved. Maths is very important to our business, we are constantly seeking to recruit talented young people with maths qualifications for roles in analytics and technology. However, Ireland still faces a major skills shortage in STEM graduates (science, technology, engineering and maths), finding ways to make maths more appealing and exciting to children as young as eight will ultimately benefit our future economy.”