Help South African children achieve in Maths

by Green Shoots Education Services Vetted since 2013 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Project of the Month Site Visit Verified


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%.

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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.


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.

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.


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Organization Information

Green Shoots Education Services

Location: Strand, Western Cape - South Africa
Website: http:/​/​
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Twitter: @greenshootsedu
Project Leader:
Lynn-Mari Du Plooy
Somerset West, Western Cape South Africa

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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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