Numeric has developed a low-cost, scalable model for the delivery of high impact after school programs in low-income areas. We currently operate 45 after school programs in Cape Town and Johannesburg with 85 active coaches and 2200 participating learners. Our programs are targeted at learners in Grades 6, 7 and 8, and provide an intensive one-year program that covers arithmetic and pre algebra. Because most South African children have developed gaps in their foundational mathematics, Numeric programs are not curriculum aligned, but focus on building mathematics intensively and rapidly from the ground up. Our programs are staffed by passionate young coaches who themselves are training to become maths teachers. With just one in six applicants securing a coaching position, we are able to ensure a high quality of coach that in turn ensures a high quality learning outcome.
"In any rational society the best of us would be teachers, and the rest of
use would make do with something else"
A McKinsey study entitled "How the Best School Systems Stay on Top" surveyed 50 of the top schooling systems around the world. They came away with one remarkable yet simple conclusion: The quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers. Regardless of the technology you employ, the curriculum you design, the infrastructure you put in place, if you do not have great teachers, you cannot produce great students.
With this in mind, Numeric has launched a teaching academy that aims to attract and train talented young university graduates who are interested in becoming Maths teachers. The Numeric Teaching Fellowship is a fully funded, year-long program during which students complete their post-graduate certificate in education (PGCE) and participate in intensive practical and content training. Teaching Fellows are also placed into Numeric's afterschool programs where they complete a part-time, paid teaching internship.
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