Making a Difference …
The My Maths Buddy One Book One Learner Project focuses directly on the key area of education that stimulates the economy – Mathematics, it’s understanding and results in schools. The project is an South African Mathematics Foundation initiative.
We are passionate about South Africa, its people and the prosperity of the country’s economy. We want to see our country and all the people in it winning.
Ask yourself a question: What world would you like your child to live in when he or she grows up? A world with plenty of opportunity, where everyone can flourish and prosper or a world full of misery, torn apart by conflicts, wars and poverty? I am sure you will choose the first option.
For it to happen, the economy of the country has to grow.
What are the roots of a good and growing economy? The primary root is good EDUCATION especially such subjects as Maths and Science. The more children are well educated at school, the more students we will have in university who are not going to drop out during the first two years. The more good students we have, the more specialists and professionals we will have – good medical doctors who can help people, good engineers who can build proper structures and so on. The more qualified and professional specialists we have in the country the more products those specialists will produce. And this is their contribution to a growing economy.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation in Europe (OECD) found that Maths results directly impact on the economic well-being of a nation, which reflects in the GDP (Gross Domestic Product).
They showed – based on their investigation – that where the Maths results are steadily declining, the country has a steadily declining economy or GDP. And in those countries where Maths results were good the economy was benefiting and the GDP was growing. It’s not to say that it’s only Maths that causes it, but it has a significant effect on any economy. Fascinating!
Did you know that 158 professions require a knowledge of core Maths?
For our economy to grow and for our country to prosper we need many qualified specialists such as engineers, doctors, scientists, pilots, teachers, etc. Our vision is to help the educators of South Africa to create such specialists for South Africa and for our bright future!
The latest World Economic Forum Global Information Technology report 2014 shows South Africa has the worst quality of mathematics and science education of all 148 countries surveyed.
With such poor performance in matric, there is a dire shortage of students applying for the more technical areas at Universities which does not bode well for South Africa.
In 2013, ninety-six percent of grade nines in South Africa achieved 50% or less in a national mathematics benchmarking test. In 2014, the average for that benchmark test for Grade 9’s was 10%.
The biggest challenge is to make maths and science exciting and popular for school pupils AND to get the results stably above 50%.
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How this is done is bringing understanding and affinity for mathematics at school level and doing it now. Our economy needs it, our businesses need it and we need it for our future.
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