Project increases interest in mathematics

2017-07-26 06:03
Learners of the Luckhoff Combined School with their copies of the My Maths Buddy books. Photo: Supplied

Learners of the Luckhoff Combined School with their copies of the My Maths Buddy books. Photo: Supplied

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The My Maths Buddy One Book One Learner Project delivered projects at both the Tswelapele Ka-Thuto Primary School and the Luckhoff Combined School in Koffiefontein.

Together with Petra Diamonds, the My Maths Buddy One Book One Learner Project partnership is dedicated to making rapid and significant improvement in Maths results at these schools.

Petra Diamonds is very passionate about maths education in this country.

“Maths standards can be raised rapidly and significantly within weeks by introducing an understanding of maths terminology to learners in the most effective way possible,” said Paul Sondergaard, senior consultant for the One Book One Learner Project.

“A truism in life is that if you understand something really well, it is unlikely that you would fail at it.”

The project’s sole aim is the understanding of the language of maths and thereby increasing the maths results of learners.

The teachers workshop reinforces the teachers’ ability to keep learners interested and improve application and thus results.

Workshops were held at both the Tswelapele Ka-Thuto Primary School and the Luckhoff Combined School in Koffiefontein and copies of the My Maths Buddy dictionaries were handed out to all the learners who attended the workshops.

The Tswelapele Primary School Gr. 3 to 9 learners and the Luckhoff Combined School Gr. 4 learners attended the workshops and learnt how to use the My Maths Buddy dictionary and discovered the importance of maths in their lives during the workshops.

Mr David Rathotfe, the Principal and Maths HOD at the Tswelapele Ka-Thuto Primary, said: “The My Maths Buddy dictionary is marvellous. It assists the learners and has increased their interest in maths. The learners are now enthusiastic and love maths. Higher grade learners who did not want to continue maths have since changed their minds and stated that they want to continue with maths after attending the My Maths Buddy project.”

Mr Johnny Holtzhauzen, the principal of the Luckhoff Combined School, said: “The My Maths Buddy dictionaries have made a huge impact already, even in the learners’ maths results. I want the My Maths Buddy dictionary in the hands of every learner in the school.”

One Book One Learner Project manager Teresa Russell added that with the project they want to reach as many schools as possible and prove that a better understanding of maths terminology can result in the improvement of maths standards in this country.

The My Maths Buddy One Book One Learner Project is an initiative of the South African Mathematics Foundation.

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