The challenge that the project addresses
Mathematics Anxiety – Math Anxiety is real. I plan to use my expertise and experience to address the misconceptions about the difficulties of Mathematics. I plan to do this by offering free lessons to learners, uploading of YouTube videos, social media interaction and more importantly by selecting a group of 25 grade 10 Mathematics learners who will receive my full mentorship as part of my ABSOLUTE X programme.
What is your project doing to respond to this challenge?
By engaging with Students in innovative and creative ways. I plan to use art and music to connect to students. Show them real world applications and expose them to the simplicity of Mathematics. My program will include a package of online videos, and live online interactions. The idea is to build a community and provide students with a safe space to share their anxiety about Mathematics so that I can skillfully help them overcome it.
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Describe the project's impact
My first Programme “Mathematics Development initiative” started in 2013. I provided free Grade 12 tuition to +-200 students at schools each year, until 2016. Once I started lecturing, the programme matured to a mentorship programme for undergraduate Mathematics students. This programme is ongoing. In 2020, I created free online videos for Grade 10-12 learners. These were posted on YouTube and is ongoing. Since Joining UJ, I have become more active with online programmes, namely 1. “The International Day of Mathematics” – a fun programme aimed at high school learners to inspire and expose them to the beauty of Mathematics . 2. Teacher Training Workshops. 3. Career Fest – to help students make the crucial decisions of Career choices and vocations. Through my online programmes, I have reached just over 2000+ students. With my future plans, I aim to help many more.
How will you spend the R20,000 award if you win?
- Purchasing a premium Zoom license for my online activities. I currently use basic Zoom.
- I will earmark R5000 for data sponsorship to learners who apply to attend my online programs.
- R3000 for a stationary pack given to the 25 learners who will join the mentorship programme. UJ will brand the stationary ABSOLUTE X.
- R2699 for a Wacom device which will streamline drawing to create visuals for students in online classrooms.
What do you hope to achieve?
- Abolish Math Anxiety.
- Inspire Students to pursue Math and STEM subjects.
- Create critical thinkers and Future Mathematicians.
- Promote gender equity in Mathematics.