Lourier learners get help with numbers

2017-10-31 06:01
The Life Matters Foundation is tackling the country’s numeracy problem head on, starting at Lourier Primary School.

The Life Matters Foundation is tackling the country’s numeracy problem head on, starting at Lourier Primary School.

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The Life Matters Foundation launched its new numeracy programme at Lourier Primary School in Steenberg on Friday 20 October.

Sharleen Haupt, academic portfolio manager of the foundation, says standardised assessment results show learners of schools in underprivileged communities ­under­achieve.

“This illustrates the necessity for intervention to equip these learners with the skills they need to keep up with the curriculum and continue their schooling. The foundation is committed to being part of the solution to this problem and has developed a unique numeracy programme to help learners bridge the performance gap,” she says.

According to findings of the World Economic Forum published last year, South Africa was ranked last in Mathematics out of 139 countries.

“Fun with numbers” is a sequential, curriculum-compliant, reusable resource.

Foundation Phase learners on the programme receive two hours of academic support per week from trained volunteers. The programme includes four assessments across the two years and compares the progress of children participating in the foundation’s programme with the progress of their peers who are not on the ­programme.

Haupt says they will be tackling the numeracy problem head on.

“We already run successful literacy programmes in our partner schools in Westlake, Steenberg, Retreat and Vrygrond, therefore the numeracy programme was a natural next step for us to take to help these learners reach their full potential.

“We want ‘Fun with numbers’ to be a resource accessible to anyone who wants to teach the children of today how to connect with Mathematics in a fun and engaging way.”

The NPO was started in 2002 to provide holistic support to learners of underprivileged schools. It was discovered that these children were discouraged from staying in school due to their inability to cope with increasing academic demands and the negative influences of the communities in which they live and go to school. The foundation has been working to empower children in these communities through academic and psycho-social support, and currently runs interventions at local schools.


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