Johan Wendt

Ashoka Fellow
Sweden
Fellow Since 2012

After almost eight years of revitalizing the whole field of mathematics for young students in Scandinavia, Johan decided to leave Mattecentrum in June 2015 to continue working on cultivating curiosity and skills around math and coding among young people, for example through the book Curly Bracket. In addition, he started the organisation Ung Autism in 2016.

Related TopicsChildren & Youth, Education / Learning, Education reform, Civic Engagement, Citizen / community participation

Citation

This profile was prepared when Johan Wendt was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012.
Introduction
In Sweden math education for children has stagnated, with math often perceived by young students as something alien, difficult, and irrelevant. A downward sloping performance curve in the Swedish school system has resulted in a substantial gap between what skills the working world demands from their employees and what skills children possess. Johan Wendt is bridging the gaps between education and the business sector in Sweden and revitalizing the whole field of mathematics for young students by addressing how math is perceived and taught inside and outside the system.
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