Maths intervention to help kids

2019-04-23 06:00
Eager learners from AZ Berman Primary school with officials from Grandwest.

Eager learners from AZ Berman Primary school with officials from Grandwest.

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A total of 200 Grade 8 learners from AZ Berman High School in Tafelsig have been recruited into a maths intervention programme, which has been made possible by GrandWest and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (Aims).

The programme aims to improve mathematical abilities and maths results.

Since Saturday 2 February, classes have been run every Saturday for 12 weeks and learners are tutored by seasoned tutors from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences School Enrichment Centre Master’s Students (AIMSSEC).

To get a sense of the project and how it has been received, Melaney Simonhoff, who is a Socio-Economic Development (SED) officer at Sun International, said that the GrandWest team did a site visit on Saturday 6 April to check on the progress of the learners.

“GrandWest is covering the tutoring costs as well as providing refreshments to the learners and we are managing the programme,” Simonhoff said.

According to Simonhoff, GrandWest got involved in maths intervention in 2016 when they first collaborated with AIMSSEC in a project to tutor Grade 11 and 12 learners from ID Mkize Senior Secondary School and Gugulethu Comprehensive School in Gugulethu.

“The intervention seemed to be effective as a large number of the students who participated are pursuing higher education studies,” she shared.

She says AIMSSEC is perfect partner as they are already involved in facilitating programmes to teachers and learners in under-resourced schools to improve the quality of teaching and learning mathematics.

“We are very hopeful that we will be able to make a difference to the maths results this year,” she wished.

Playing their part in the programme, GrandWest donated a table tennis board to the school.

“We did this because the school does not have its own fields or outdoor space and table tennis is the only sport they currently offer,” she added.

She explains that when the school’s board was damaged the teams were devastated, and they wanted to help them.

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