Neotel and NIIT launched an ICT enabled Mathematics laboratory at Khayelihle Primary School in Vosloorus, to the south of Johannesburg, as a means to contribute towards improving maths skills at the primary schools in South Africa.
This state of the art laboratory, which will enable primary school students to learn and explore mathematical concepts and verify mathematical facts and theorems using technology tools, was officially opened by Basic Education Deputy Minister Enver Surty on 8 October.
“We are very excited about the launch of our first Math Lab in Gauteng,” said Neotel CEO Sunil Joshi. “This lab will help learners to improve their academic performance, build numeracy skills and analytical thinking.
“There is a huge math and science skills gap in schools across South Africa, and corporates need to start working together with the government to deploy similar initiatives that will ensure a brighter future for our children.”
This ICT enabled lab uses a unique methodology of teaching mathematics, which teaches the learners to reason, connect ideas and think logically by gaining an in-depth understanding of the subject. The Math Lab provides an opportunity to students to understand, discover and verify the basic mathematical and geometrical concepts through concrete objects and situations, thus building interest and confidence in students learning the subject.
Khayelihle Primary School was also presented with multiple teaching and learning aids comprising of technology applications, videos, manipulative, measuring instruments, tables and charts. The teachers will also be provided with training to ensure that the learners derive maximum benefits from the lab.
“This is truly an exciting time for our school. The Math Lab will play a huge role in helping our learners to improve their numeracy skills and understanding of numbers,” said Khayelihle Primary School principal Willie Mohlabai. “Mathematics is one of the subjects that most learners struggle with from primary to secondary school.
“It is essential for our students to acquire an interest and understanding of this subject at a young age to help them prepare for future learning.”
Since 2011, NIIT has provided over 353 schools, across the country with ICT enabled math labs. Neotel and NIIT recently announced the formation of a joint alliance – the N2 Education Hub – to build on that solid foundation and enable growth through Neotel’s network.