Friends of Numeric

We love maths!

Numeric (ZA) A Project of N | KBFUS Funds

Help young South Africans excel in mathematics!

Numeric is on a mission to help young South Africans excel in mathematics by providing after-school mathematics interventions to primary school children and training high-quality maths teachers for the South African public school system.

With just 4 out of every 100 learners leaving the South African schooling system with a 50% pass in mathematics, South Africa is not producing the doctors, scientists, engineers it needs to build a thriving and stable civil society. With the average score on the Grade 9 annual national assessments in mathematics sitting at 11%, it has become clear that maths education is broken well before learners reach Grade 9.

The Solution
We approach the crisis in maths education in two ways – through learner interventions at the primary school level and by recruiting talented young South Africans into the teaching profession and providing them with the training they need to become high quality maths teachers.

Learner interventions
We have developed a low-cost, scalable model for the delivery of high quality maths programs in township areas. We currently operate in 42 schools across Khayelitsha, Mfuleni, Mitchells Plain and Soweto, and cater to over 2,200 learners on a weekly basis.

If you would like to make a financial contribution, you can help us by sponsoring one of the following:

  • $20: Workbooks for 10 learners
  • $50: Stationery for one classroom
  • $150: An end of year prizegiving
  • $250: Sponsor a learner for one year

Donors who sponsor 5 or more learners will receive the names and ages of sponsored learners, as well as periodic progress updates.

Teacher Training

The goal of the Numeric Teaching Academy (NTA) is to recruit talented young graduates into the teaching profession and to provide them with the training they need to become well-equipped and motivated maths teachers. We do this by offering a year-long, intensive training process through which candidates complete their post-graduate certificate in education (PGCE). Given that the average public school teacher will teach over 5,000 children during their career, an investment in the recruitment and training of just one of these pre-service teachers upfront can have a significant and positive impact over the longer term.If you would like to make a financial contribution to the Numeric Teaching Academy, you can help us

It costs Numeric $5750 to train a new maths teacher. For donors who sponsor a teaching fellowship, you will receive a profile of the sponsored teaching fellow as well as a mid and end of year update on the fellow's progress in our program.

Alternative ways to give:

For gifts by check: Write your check to KBFUS, write "Friends of Numeric" in the memo section of the check, and send it to KBFUS, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020.

Gifts by wire transfer or to contribute other types of property: Email KBFUS at: or phone (212) 713 7660.