About the event:
Do numbers count? Why do we need numerate citizens in South African society? Please RSVP
Now is the time to grow financial competency in South Africa. Design by Numbers is a fascinating workshop that creates a powerful connection between design thinking and numeracy. The event is open to everyone who will be challenged with real life examples and stimulating activities.
The workshop is facilitated by Joan Houston, a mathematician and the driving force behind the introduction of Maths Literacy as an important subject for secondary school learners. Joan’s work is a world first, placing South African secondary schools on a par with the same subject taught at university level around the world.
The event is sponsored by Umalusi in collaboration with Living Maths, Rock City Foundation and the IDEA Collective
Joan Houston, workshop facilitator
Joan Houston has taught high school Maths, headed up and taught the Maths on a bridging programme for the Faculty of Science and Agriculture at UKZN, consulted for the Ford Foundation on science foundation programmes in Southern Africa, written Mathematical Literacy school textbooks, trained teachers to teach that subject and done examination evaluation and curriculum research for Umalusi (Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training). To her great surprise she discovered how absolutely relevant and necessary Mathematical Literacy is to help school students become confident with the world of numbers, shapes, statistics and finance. She was invited by the World Bank to give a presentation in Moscow to the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation in April 2015 on the aspects of budget literacy in the Mathematical Literacy curriculum, as Russia wants to introduce this teaching in secondary schools. She has led a team of researchers who have compared what the rest of the world teaches and what we teach in Mathematical Literacy.* She is convinced that in order to contribute responsibly to our South African democracy and to survive the complexities of the twenty-first century with its number-based contexts young adults need to become “number-wise” at high school. Mathematical Literacy does it! *To review the research paper: Go to Academia.edu and search for The rationale for teaching Quantitative Literacy in 21st Century South Africa - A case for the renaming of Mathematical Literacy. Houston, Tenza, Hough, Singh and Booyse. (2015)
Steve Sherman, workshop facilitator
Steve is the Chief Imagination Officer of an Educational NGO in South Africa called Living Maths. He teaches approximately 4500 students weekly in schools around Cape Town and now recently, the world. He is passionate about sharing knowledge and empowering young people. He is also a multi-award purchasing educator and was voted most adorable educational innovator by his mother. He feels that it is his destiny to spread the joy of numbers and creative thinking to anyone who is willing to listen and even to those who are not. He knows Karate, Ju-jitsu and 2 other Japanese words. Steve is an Olympic medallist for Synchronised Paper Scrunching and an accomplished shadow puppet dancer.
Location: Events Space, 2nd floor, CT City Hall
Darling Street , Cape Town, Western Cape , 8001, Cape Town