"Promaths has made it possible for black children from townships that lack resources to be able to achieve excellent results as if they attend a quintile 5 school."
- Kamva Goso, overall winner 2018
Our flagship Promaths programme has had another rewarding year. Promaths is a powerful partnership between Investec and Kutlwanong Maths, Science and Technology Centre. The programme seeks to support the South African education system to produce students that are competent in Maths and Science – the two subjects deemed most vital for the ongoing growth of our economy. These school subjects are crucial building blocks to produce the accountants, scientists, engineers and IT specialists of tomorrow. The programme provides extra tuition in Maths and Science to learners in grade 10 to 12 who show potential in these subjects. Some 3 960 learners are part of the Promaths programme. We currently fund nine centres across the country:
- Dobsonville, Soweto
- Mamelodi, Tshwane
- Hammanskraal, Tshwane
- Motherwell, Port Elizabeth
- Umlazi, Durban
- Phillipi, Cape Town
- Khayelitsha, Cape Town
- QwaQwa, Free State
- Mbombela, Nelspruit
The Promaths Awards recognise top Matric performance both regionally and nationally. Kamva Goso, from the Phillipi centre, was announced as the overall winner for the year at the Johannesburg awards ceremony, with marks of 99% in Mathematics, 100% in Physical Science, 7 distinctions and an overall average of 96%. Commenting on this remarkable achievement, Kamva said: “Promaths has made it possible for black children from townships that lack resources to be able to achieve excellent results as if they attend a quintile 5 school.”
There are over 2 000 alumni, many of whom have achieved distinctions in Maths and/or Science. Learners have gone on to study Actuarial Science, Finance, BCom (CA), Economics and Engineering.
The Promaths journey doesn’t come to an end when young adults matriculate. Voluntary Promaths alumni have formed an executive committee across various universities to help the programme become self-sustainable. Through spreading the Promaths’ story across campuses, the prominence and value of the programme is sustained, and future learners are encouraged to take part.
The programme is having a material impact on the children and the larger communities in which they operate.
2018 Promaths top achievers are recognised at the Promaths awards ceremony in Johannesburg
Students at the Promaths Awards ceremony in Phillipi, Cape Town