NESTLÉ NESPRAY partners with SAMF to find SA’s best in Mathematics
Primary schools across the country are encouraged to enter their grade 4-7 learners to particapte in the South African Mathematics Challenge (SAMC) which is now sponsored by Nestlé. The closing date for entries is on the 30th of April.
In 1977 Mona Leeuwenburg organised and ran a "mini-mathematics" competition for Grade 7 learners in the Cape Peninsula. It proved to be popular with both learners and teachers and became an annual event, now known as the South African Mathematics Challenge with approximately 80 000 learners from more than 700 schools countrywide participating annually.
As a result of the new sponsorship from Nestlé through the NESTLÉ NESPRAY brand the administration of the SAMC will be much easier. This is because there will be computerised answer sheets for Round 2. An exciting new aspect of the SAMC is the learner and teacher workshops that will take place in all 9 provinces. The Primary Teacher Solving Course was developed to assist teachers to prepare learners for the SAMC. Teachers will earn 10 CPD points after completing the 16 hour course. Furthermore, the sponsorship by NESTLÉ NESPRAY has made the addition of a Third Round possible which now allows the Challenge to achieve the objectives of popularising mathematics and encouraging mass participation in Round 1, awarding the achievement of many learners with Certificates of Achievement in Round 2, and identifying, supporting and developing exceptional talent in Round 3 where the learners will have the opportunity to be crowned the #1 National NESTLÉ NESPRAY Mathematics Champion.
“With decades of expertise in child development, NESTLÉ NESPRAY understands that nutrition plays an important role in cognitive development and overall growth of children. We also believe that Mathematics is not just a school subject, but is a thinking tool that we use and apply on a daily basis. It is well reported that when it comes to Mathematics, it is unfortunate to say that South Africa’s performance is among the lowest in the world. NESTLÉ NESPRAY aims to give learners the support and opportunity to unlock their potential by strengthening and enhancing their Mathematical skills, knowledge and overall performance,” said Adedoja Ekeruche, Business Executive Officer of Nestlé Dairy South Africa.
The NESTLÉ NESPRAY South African Mathematics Challenge aims to improve conceptual knowledge of mathematics, the application of knowledge in new situations, problem solving, logical reasoning, communication and analytical thinking skills. It promotes teamwork, enthusiasm and helps to develop future leaders and influencers in STEMI, financial and management sciences. The SAMC is a national competition for primary school learners and is endorsed by the Department of Basic Education.
The First Round consisting of separate papers for Grades 4-7 is taking place in the week 13-17 of May 2019. Each paper is an hour long and consists of 20 multiple choice questions. The entry fee is between R15 and R20 per learner depending of the number of participants per school. Learners who obtain at least 50% in the First Round will qualify for the Second Round on the 18thof July.
Awards such as the Overall Best Performing School, Best New Performing School, Best Participating School and Best Performing per Quantile School will be presented at the SAMC award function to be held later this year. The top 6 learners, who will receive awards at the awards function, will be part of NESTLÉ NESPRAY Smart Camp together with the top learners from each province in the senior (Grades 6 and 7) and junior (Grades 4 and 5) categories.