29 Jan Communities and economies are built
“With the waves of violence against women and children engulfing us, we despair of a better future – but in order not to be overcome, we need to celebrate successful, self-empowering and driven women. Women are the change agents in our country, the backbone upon which successful leaders, communities and economies are built. MathMoms, an initiative driven by women (www.mathmoms.co.za), does not deny the reality of gender attacks, violence against children or xenophobic attacks. We realize that our shattered political centre is barely holding together. These realities may seem remote to those who live in comfort, but for many of our MathMoms they are a real and present threat every day. Yet they push back against this lived reality to claim their space as mothers and nurturers to a new generation. Using the teaching of the fundamentals of maths as a vehicle, they strive to build significant relationships and safe spaces for young learners. At the same time they have the opportunity to seek healing from their own traumas, and claim their right to flourish as human beings in our country.
Against great odds, these mothers and their mentors, along with maths experts and staff, steadfastly maintain an unremitting vision to focus learner by learner, school by school, community by community, to improve maths results. In this way they believe that we can grow the economy and create generational and educational wealth which global statistics demonstrate have a marked improvement on quality of life of children, who stay in school longer, have a propensity to turn away from crime and who go on to gain tertiary qualifications that will result in them being net contributors to the economy of a country.
They have different stories to tell: stories about resilience, about overcoming fear and prejudice and adversity, stories about a living hope in difficult situations. We believe they should be heard, and therefore ask you to give them the opportunity to speak out.” – Zohra Dawood