A little while ago, we had a guest post from education non-profit Numeric in South Africa that is using Khan Academy with their students. Founder Andrew Einhorn recently sent this little update that we thought was really fun, and exciting to hear about the progress happening in South Africa. 


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.  Andrew 

A little while ago, we had a guest post from education non-profit Numeric in South Africa that is using Khan Academy with their students. Founder Andrew Einhorn recently sent this little update that we thought was really fun, and exciting to hear about the progress happening in South Africa. 

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.  

Andrew 

Diepsloot Community centre: Hoping for change through Khan Academy

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As reported in The Daily Maverick

Fourteen-year-old Rhoda Chitegha, a grade 9 pupil from Diepsloot north of Johannesburg, was struggling to pass maths until she discovered a small Khan Academy maths class at her local community centre.

“I didn’t understand most of the concepts in maths and that is why it was hard for me. There are about 44 children in my maths class in Diepsloot and you don’t always get a lot of time with the teacher, but since I have come here (to the Khan Maths project at the Diepsloot community centre), maths has become fun and I have learnt so many more things than I knew before. It is easy to enjoy maths here. There are videos to watch and people who will help you,” says Chitegha, during a break from her course.

The Khan Maths project operates from a connected computer room in a community centre on the outskirts of what is one of Johannesburg’s most densely populated urban settlements…”

See the full article here