Maths & Music this Youth Month

Maths and music were a common theme as we talked to various youth tutors during Youth Month 2021.

This Youth Month, we took time to celebrate our tutors! With our partners at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Sasol and others, we’re able to create opportunities for them to further their studies while making a big impact on the state of foundation phase maths in their communities.

Maths Prof. in the Making

“Professor of Maths in the making” is how Happy Mahlangu (30)  views herself. Her pride in the maths marks at the end of the first term at Lyndhurst Primary is convincing. “This is a stepping stone towards my dreams and goals, knowing that I’ve impacted the minds of young individuals. Maths being their favourite, most enjoyed and best understood subject,” she said.

Putting food on the table

Given Moloi (19) is one of the youngest tutors in the JumpStart programme. That doesn’t stop him from having big dreams for the future. “My hopes for the future include becoming a qualified teacher in the intermediate phase. Maths is one of the subjects that really challenges the learners. As a tutor my role is to help every learner understand what’s going on. I’ve completed a higher certificate in human resources at Rosebank College, and am waiting to graduate, but my big hope is to study for a BEd through Unisa one day. I have to upgrade my matric marks first, but I’m really looking forward to a career helping learners understand maths!” I come from a family with brothers and sisters who are not working. Now, I am able to bring something to the table.

Digital learning is the way of the future

Moleboheng Hoffman(25) is a tutor at Buyani Primary School. She is in her first year at Bilal Technical College and is excited to be part of the conversion to digital learning. “In 18 months I aim to take my knowledge and skills to serve my community. I’m excited to help introduce digital learning! The next generation seem to be understanding coding as they learn so much from the NumberSense workbooks. This is what I noticed during the EGMA tests at our school. I want to help them improve and excel at maths and science.”

Teaching maths through music

Nthabeleng Motaung (20) is one of our youngest tutors. She makes up counting songs at Theha Setshaba Primary, to help the children learn their numbers. “I love being a maths tutor. I really enjoy teaching. The kids respond so well! The JumpStart programme is excellent and it’s helping me reach all my personal goals. I haven’t started my studies yet, but in the next five years, I see myself furthering my education and I aim to work in senior education. I have a passion to end poverty in my family.”

Helping hope thrive

Siyabonga Vilane (18) tutors at Cavendish Primary School. When asked about what gives him hope in the classroom, he had this to say: “We try to create learning environments where students can experience hope and purpose. Sometimes you need to lead them to that hope. In large part, what we do helps them see how their work prepares them for both the short and long term future.”

Role models inspire the next generation

Cecilia Matlhakoane (27) started with JumpStart this year in February. She told us about a role model who shapes the way she teaches in class: My role model was a teacher in Grd 7, Mr Thabo Makhopochane, at Jabulani Primary, Vaal. He encouraged us to bring our bread tags from home, so I do that now with the children in my class. We use the plastic tags designed to close bags of bread as counters in the classroom. They are colourful, and the learners count very well with them. It really helps them improve their maths. Singing and dancing is a great shake up, wake up for the kids and they love it!

Your support makes a difference

Your support could help to ensure that a young person secures their future with a qualification! This Youth Month, consider a donation to The JumpStart Foundation Trust. With your contribution we can assist talented youth to finish their studies and we can expand this vital work. Partner with us and qualify for your SARS Section 18(a) certificate or to meet your BBEEE obligations. Email Betty Oliphant for more information.

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