Some 600 students from schools across the world are in Cape Town for two days of rigorous tests during the 55th International Mathematics Olympiad, the biggest in its history and the first to be hosted in Africa.
Oliver's House is providing much-needed maths and science tuition to struggling students in the Zenzele informal settlement. The organisation now plans a village to offer medical care and daycare to the settlement and surrounding areas.
The jobless statistics are sobering, but initiatives are under way to tackle unemployment. School pupils heard about what was on offer from a variety of big companies and got some inspiring advice from speakers.
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.
The small village famous as the birth place of Nelson Mandela will soon have a school of science and technology. It is envisaged that the school will help improve South Africa’s education standing, and open the doors to more career options for poor rural youth.
• Maths, science teaching gets boost
Jeremiah Moreo is determined his pupils will do well in maths and science, despite not having a stocked laboratory. Doing his best for his classes has even meant he has moved towns to be near them all the time.
Local telecoms operator Vodacom has donated a fully equipped computer centre and internet access to learners from Wingen Heights Secondary School in Shallcross, KwaZulu Natal.
The Vodacom Mobile Education Programme’s newest ICT resource centre officially opened its doors, with the aim of boosting teacher training in maths and science in Vhembe, Limpopo.
Working with the University of Stellenbosch's Institute for Maths and Science Teaching, Vodacom is offering live video lectures to teachers at its ICT resource centres.