ACHIEVING MATH SUCCESS FOR EVERY TEACHER AND LEARNER
The Proficiency Foundation Board of Trustees oversees the governance of the organization. The Foundation is an approved Public Benefit Organisation(“PBO”) under PBO number 930062567 and Section 18A (1)(a) approved. Also registered under NPO 213-482
To strengthen the operational and governance of the Foundation, the Trustees have appointed FNB Fiduciary (Pty) Ltd as the Trust’s fiduciary administrators. Through FNB Philanthropy the Trust manages relationships with all counterparties in accordance with the highest standards for Corporate Governance and compliance, and to do so at scale across a multitude of funders, suppliers, regions and beneficiaries.
First National Bank is the oldest bank in South Africa and represents FirstRand’s Retail and Commercial activities in South Africa; and the broader African continent. The bank’s purpose is to be a trusted partner helping to create a better world by providing an innovative, contextual, financial solutions platform; built on enduring, rewarding relationships with customers and employees.
The Trustees benefit from a combined experience of over 100 years in the corporate, education and philanthropy sectors.
The FNB Philanthropy Centre provides support and guidance on the development and execution of customers Philanthropic objectives to create sustainable social and business impact. The Centre provides a mechanism through which our clients can donate towards their social investment initiatives which they are passionate about, in a structured and coordinated way; whilst also creating an enabling environment for NPO’s (Non-profit Organisations).
Puleng Kwele (Chairman)
Puleng has over 20 years senior management experience in various functions of business. Her versatility and track record are reflected in results attained in the various environments she has worked that transcend big listed corporates to small enterprises of less than ten people. Between 2008 and 2017 she held the position of Chief Executive Officer Broadband Infraco. Puleng has a deep interest in social development and views the activities of the Trust as a way to contribute to a more equal and prosperous society.
Peter comes from a family business background and over 30 years in Media, Distribution and Supply Chain and Merchandise Management both in South Africa and the United Kingdom. Positions held have always involved an extensive Change Management role and from this Peter has developed a passion for education and job creation and aims to continue this vision through the work of the Proficiency Foundation Trust.
Bheki is currently the executive chairman of Flow communications, a position he has held since 2012. He has more than 30 years of business experience in finance, marketing, sales and general management and prior to his role at Flow was the managing director of Kaizer Chiefs Football Club. Bheki has a long standing fascination with the role of education in driving social development.
Prince Siluma is the nominee of FNB Fiduciary (PTY) Ltd, an independent corporate trustee. He currently heads up FNB Philanthropy. A well-rounded business strategist with over 20 years of financial services experience; Prince has a demonstrated history of driving solutionist thinking extending from finance, fiduciary services, social investment strategy, grant making and management to working with Civic Society, Non- Profit and the Corporate Social Investment sector.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS GRADES 8 AND 9
Public schools Grades 8 and 9: The focus is on grade 8 children coming from many different primary schools with different levels of maths competency. It is very important that, this cohort of learners are provided with support structures that will lift, align and standardise the conceptual foundation for learning high-school maths, with a focus on certain key concepts of the math program to meet the required competency as laid out in the South African CAPS curriculum.
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
Early childhood development: 90% of a child’s brain develops by the age of 5 and South Africa currently has 6 million children below the age of 6. For South African kids to be succeed and compete in this 21st Century and the fourth industrial revolution (“4IR”), they mathematical skills needs to be developed during this phase. The use of manipulatives during the ECD phase of child development are stimulating to children as the learning tools create excitement in a playful way which stimulates creativity in children. The ECD programme is designed bespoke with learnings tools developed for The National Curriculum Framework (NCF) and the National Early Learning and Development Standards (NELDS).
The Proficiency Foundation, through its partnership with Clever Minds Direct Pty Ltd (CMD), a supplier of education products, training services and curriculum development, the Foundation benefits from the experiences and successes that CMD has had in the South African Education Sector. Since 2015 over 350 000 learners and over 4500 teachers were reached across 5 provinces with pleasing results and significant impact:
- 17% increase in competency in Grade 3 : 2015 vs 2017
- 40% increase in competency in Grade 6: 2015 vs 2017
- 74% increase in competency in Grade 9: 2015 vs 2017
Provinces reached include: Mpumalanga, Gauteng, North West, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape.
Where are we going?
Excellent teaching gives children the life chances they deserve... Enjoyment is the birth right of every child. But the most powerful mix is the one that brings the two together. Children learn better when they are excited and engaged - but what excites and engages them best is truly excellent teaching.
Math success is about reaching every teacher and learner wherever they are on their learning path.
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.