Help South African children achieve in Maths



Education is the key to break the poverty cycle for children from township communities. In South Africa only 27% of learners pass Maths at age 12-13. GSES uses a per-child, computer-based Maths program to enable Maths learning & to track children's progress from these challenged communities. This individualised approach allows teachers to provide effective support for each child. Children are now motivated to learn and show progress e.g. a school has already raised its pass percentage by 20%.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Learners from the Primary School supported by this Project come from previously disadvantaged, black communities. Children are facing daily challenges caused poverty, substance abuse & crime. These children need a quality education to break free. There is a very low pass rate (>20%) of learners for the Grade 6 Maths (12-13 yrs) National Assessments. GSES want to change these statistics & give these at-risk children a realistic chance to succeed and break this poverty cycle.

How will this project solve this problem?

Schools need support to raise their achievement in Maths. GSES will implement a comprehensive Maths development program that integrates online per-child activities & assessments, teacher support, per-child progress analysis & targeted per-child support. Children complete online Maths exercises on a weekly basis & get immediate feedback. This feedback motivates children to learn & improve their results. These online assessed activities allow teachers to effectively monitor & support each child.

Potential Long Term Impact

This Project will target achievement in Maths in a Primary School allowing children the opportunity to progress in this key subject at higher levels (Secondary and Tertiary). The targeted support given to the teachers improves the quality of teaching, impacting learners on a continuing basis beyond the life of this Project. There are currently about 1000 learmers at the supported Primary School.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $7,454

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $7,454 .  The original project funding goal was $7,250.


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa

Project Leader

Jo Besford

Somerset West, Western Cape South Africa

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