In the early 1980s, Peter O’Halloran, who would become president of the World Federation of National Mathematics Competitions, proposed in Australia a mathematical contest: a questionnaire with multiple choice answers closed to try out to hundreds of students, with automatic evaluation of responses. The idea was imported into Europe by two French mathematicians, André Deledicq and Jean Pierre Boudine in the early 1990s.
In June 1994 nine nations, France, Belarus, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Italy and Spain founded the “Kangourou without Borders” Association in Strasbourg.
Since then many students, spurred by both teachers and parents, have participated in this challenging competition.
Many people say that it is very easy, but in my opinion they are doing so only to hide from others that they were really afraid as most of us who think that it was not an easy test this year.
Even though distance learning has slowed things down lately, school is always really important in the life of the students from the youngest age: first you go to school to meet friends, then because the teachers are very nice with you and then there is that nice girl who makes you all red. Once at middle school, sometimes you don’t want to go there anymore but you have plans for your future so you need to grow up.
That’s why we should thank all the people who offer us the opportunity to grow up at school even during this period that is a bit special with experiences like this one.