Donation to boost maths in school

2018-03-06 06:00
Learners of Garden Village primary School were happy to receive newly donated maths resource boxes.

Learners of Garden Village primary School were happy to receive newly donated maths resource boxes.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Garden Village Primary school in Maitland recently received R15 000 worth of maths resource boxes to boost their learning and teaching. The handover took place on Thursday 1 March.

The boxes were donated by Capitec Bank with the aim to improve maths competency at the school. The bank is using ticket profits from the Colour Run to buy the much-needed equipment.

Each maths box is worth R5000 and aimed at learners in grades 4 to 7.

The boxes contain 20 arithmetic calculators, 20 maths instrument sets, 10 fraction sets, 10 tangram sets, five measuring tapes, two pocket compasses, two capacity sets, two thermometers, two measuring jugs, two packs of modelling clay, two 3D geometric shape sets, a wall clock, bathroom scale, two trundle wheels, a chalkboard set and other critical supplies.

The school’s principal, Gillian October, says this is essential equipment for the school and is aligned with the Caps syllabus.

October says that although the school has been trying over the years to create an effective, well-equipped environment, it is always a challenge for them to afford everything with their yearly government budget.

She says most of their learners come from disadvantaged families that cannot afford to buy all the necessary learning material.

The donation will help the school fulfil its mandate of producing good-quality results, she says.

“We are grateful for the contribution Capitec Bank is making at our school. Maths is an integral part of the curriculum and as educators we are always looking for innovative ways to spark an interest in the subject, which is often daunting for pupils,” October adds.

“These resource boxes go a long way in making teaching more fun for our pupils, thus making learning an experimental and immersive experience,” says October.

Sbusiso Kumalo, Capitec Bank’s head of brand, says they are committed to making long-term investments into better quality maths literacy education because the subject plays a vital role in the lives of individuals and can help people go far career-wise. “This vital skill will empower South Africa’s young people to land the careers that will catalyse self-sufficiency, and consequently a strong economy for the country.

“We believe that there is a direct link between having a strong base in maths and becoming a financially responsible and literate adult.

“Through the maths boxes, we hope to get learners interested in maths at a young age. We want to ensure that the emerging workforce, the country’s precious human capital, is competent with numbers.

“There is a lot to be done in turning the country’s poor numeracy capabilities around – and it all starts with education,” says Kumalo.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.