AFTER being in operation for just over a year, the KhanyaBha Academy for Mathematics received its first funding. The academy received a cheque for R284 000 from Eskom, which was officially handed over to them last Wednesday at the Technical Vocational Education and Technology (TVET) College Plessislaer Campus. Eskom became the first company to fund the organisation since it’s establishment.The academy came into operation in March last year with 77 pupils which has now escalated to 175, who attend lessons. The lessons are held on Saturdays at the Technical Vocational Education and Technology (TVET) College Plessislaer Campus from 8 am to 11 am.Rare Msomi, one of the founders of the organisation and a former maths teacher, said they are very grateful to Eskom and they will be using the money to buy the equipment that they need to continue with their job. He said they are very encouraged that Eskom saw potential in them and decided to make this donation. “Our aim is to become a centre of excellence in maths and help children who are struggling with the subject to do better so that they achieve more for themselves once they have completed their schooling. “This is our way of giving back to the community since we have retired as teachers. “Our academy might not be massive now but we believe that we can make a change. “Our focus is on the foundation phase because it is the most important part when it comes to maths. If you want to do well in maths, you need to know the basics that are taught in the foundation phase,” he said. Msomi said their target was to have only 100 pupils but, due to the demand this subject has, they have exceeded their target. He also revealed that they are also working on introducing science as the second subject at the academy.Eskom General Manager Monde Bala said they are very excited to part of this great initiative.“We really appreciate what you [Academy] are doing. What is more encouraging is that you are doing this out of love and commitment in wanting to help our children. “We encourage you to continue making a difference in our children and we are very thankful that you took this challenge and came up with a solution in making sure that our children get a chance in life.“As Eskom, we like being involved in programmes like this that help in uplifting our children especially. We are trying to work together with you in making a way forward. “We hope that we will be able to play a bigger role in developing KhanyaBha,” he said.