Meet Sharanjeet Shan and learn about her mission to save math education in SA

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The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviewed Sharanjeet Shan, the Executive Director of Maths Centre; a Johannesburg based non-profit striving to improve Maths, Science and Technology education in South Africa.

The Schwab Foundation presented Sharanjeet Shan with its 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year award.

“We’re helping to restore the gaps in our miserably inadequate education system.” -Sharanjeet Shan

Math Centre social entrepreneur Sharanjeet Shan was born in India, educated in India and England, and has lived in South Africa for over 20 years.

In 2014 Sharanjeet Shan’s Maths Centre supported 520 schools, reaching 174 695 learners and 4268 teachers in Maths and Science.

Scroll down for quotes from the video and audio below.

Math is important because it’s a skill of life. Everything you do is connected to mathematics. It’s the discipline of nature. Understanding maths makes you a better person in terms of how you solve problems. You cannot get away from it.

Sharanjeet Shan

I’m not a mathematician; I’m merely a humble teacher. But I love the idea of how mathematics is in everything!

Sharanjeet Shan

Our schools aren’t operating as a unit that empowers children and teachers. Why is South Africa so bad at maths? At Maths Centre we try to address this issue in three steps.

Sharanjeet Shan

A child doesn’t suddenly talk at 14. We must focus on mathematical awareness from a very young age. Maths Centre runs programs with parents called ‘Parents Count’ and ‘Parents Matter’. It’s about honouring and respecting the child.

Sharanjeet Shan

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