We support the development of agency and numeracy in primary school children living in low-income households.
We use math as a vehicle to teach children to think for themselves, to be independent and to take charge of their futures. That’s what we mean by “agency”.
WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT?
Research conducted in the UK indicates that:
- numeracy is even more closely related to well-being and socio-economic achievement than is literacy.
- The study estimated that poor levels of numeracy in adults is costing the UK economy £20 billion a year in lost productivity and opportunity.
Numeracy levels in many countries, including the USA and South Africa, are far worse than those in the UK.
- Statistics show that massive unemployment and widening levels of inequality lead to increased levels of crime as well as widespread social disintegration.
- A lack of agency leads to a culture of entitlement.
In the modern economy, improving agency and numeracy is teaching people “how to fish.”
HOW DO WE DO IT?
We support non-profit organisations, communities, parents and teachers in the development of extra-curriculum math clubs for primary school children. A math club consists of 12 children and a facilitator.
In a club, children learn through a variety of activities, including the playing of games, which require basic mathematical skills.
To ensure maximum benefit to the children, the clubs are designed to develop a number of key interwoven skills.
Without this well-designed and documented approach to the club learning programme, the math clubs would merely be “more of the same.”
WHY MATH CLUBS
We use Math Clubs as our vehicle, because:
- they work,
- they are fun,
- they are inexpensive
- they are simple to replicate,
- after school mathematics programs will always be needed (wealthy children have access to after school math programs or personal tutors),
- If they don’t learn numeracy and agency in primary school, children will struggle to build up STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.) 🙂
Our team has many years of experience in building, running, monitoring and improving on math clubs in the most trying circumstances.
Our Director of Education, Dr Debbie Stott, has not only completed her doctorate in education, specifically on Math Clubs (in 2014), but has supervised Masters in Education students doing research on math clubs as well.
Complementing our education team is a group of seasoned professionals in project management, business development, operations and marketing. They bring extensive international exposure, as well as experience in the successful delivery of complex multi-disciplinary projects.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR THE CHILDREN
Math Club children are encouraged to develop personal agency, learn basic logic, use initiative, develop problem-solving ability, develop perseverance, build confidence and of course, to learn the foundations of numeracy.
These skills will help them build better lives for themselves, right now and into the future.
SPREADING THE LOAD
We work with universities, schools, non-profit organisations, companies, teachers, parents, communities, religious organisations, children and departments of education.
We realise that to solve this problem we need to get everyone on board – including you 🙂
BUILDING A MOVEMENT
We believe in paying it forward. Math Club children are taught to play the activities with their friends, siblings, teachers and parents.
The purpose is to develop a culture of agency and numeracy within low income communities.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU
More productive people with greater levels of agency and numeracy, mean a more productive economy, which adds up to a better life for us all.
Why agonize over rising crime, the economy and the environment, when you can join the team that is changing your future for the better?