Firstly, we continue to enjoy Khan Academy as much as we did when we started in 2011. It just gets better and better, and we’re loving the new tutorial format/look-and-feel.
Our kids are happy too. I recently visited one of the programmes in a very poor area called Mitchells Plain. The kids had prepared a little dance for us, to which the lyrics were “Khan Academy is so cool cause I love maths!” (see photo). With a bit of luck we’ll have some footage of this dance to send through to you guys at some point.
As far as Numeric goes, we recently hit the 500 learner mark. Because Khan Academy does so much of the admin work for us - lectures done, exercises graded electronically, classlists and results tabulated automatically - we are able to run these programmes in a very lean fashion. We have 17 active coaches and are able to deliver over 1500 learner hours of Khan Academy each week!
In South Africa there is still a mountain to climb. The average score on our national Grade 9 maths assessment was 13.9% last year. But I am increasingly optimistic about the prospect of a turnaround and I have little doubt Khan Academy will have a large role to play in doing that.
I hope this finds you well.
Best wishes to you and the team.