ABB helps make maths fun to learn

2011-06-03 - Support of mathematics by youth-in-energy programme opens opportunities for disadvantaged learners

ABB South Africa, a subsidiary of the global power and automation technologies group, has kick-started an initiative for primary schools in the Eastern Cape Province to help make maths fun to learn.

ABB equipped the computer centre at the Dumani Primary School in Motherwell, a township near Port Elizabeth, with the maths game called the Rock Series. It is a fun, user-friendly, interactive software program that covers the foundational principles of mathematics for grades 0 to 10. The maths game has more than 1000 lessons (including trigonometry), hundreds of worksheet and interactive tests.

The company's support of maths at primary school level forms part of the ABB Youth-in-Energy programme run at primary schools in Motherwell as part of curriculum-based environmental education under the WWF-SA /WESSA Eco-Schools programme. The opening took place on 31 May 2011.

The maths focus supports South Africa's Vision 2025 ("Schooling 2025: The vision") as well as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for Africa. "The maths module supports our vision to reduce the level of illiteracy and improve maths numeracy," said Douglas Rwentela, Circuit Manager, Port Elizabeth, Department of Education, Eastern Cape, at the opening. "Education is a partnership between the state and includes corporate bodies such as ABB."

A learner at the Dumani Primary School with the maths module sponsored by ABB.
WESSA, which celebrates its 85th anniversary this year and is a founding member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), welcomed the contribution from ABB in support of its environmental education program.

"Through our corporate partnership with ABB and the support of the Department of Education we are able to help improve the learning environment where the schools have taken up the programme," said Martheanne Finnemore, Regional Manager of WESSA Eastern Cape Region. ABB also sponsored desks and chairs at another school in Motherwell, Canzibe Primary, in response to a call for assistance by the school.

ABB has run its Youth-in-Energy social development project through the Eco-Schools programme for the past five years investing close to R1 million in the programme. It includes sponsorship of the WWF-SA/WESSA climate change game, "Puzzling Climate Change”, which will be introduced to 28,000 educators in The Teacher, a special publication of the Mail & Guardian newspaper in South Africa.

The introduction of the game to teachers nationally coincides with the run-up to COP17 to involve teachers in interactive activities with schoolchildren. It will help to raise their awareness and increase their understanding of these important climate change discussions to be held in Durban in December 2011.

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    The maths modules sponsored by ABB make the subject fun and easy to learn.
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