Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month was born from the need to increase public understanding of and appreciation for Mathematics and Statistics. Problem-solving skills is one of the most important skills which every individual should possess to be successful in life. Such skills help individuals in decision making, let it be professional or personal.
How can we increase awareness of Mathematics and Statistics?
Highlighting the importance of Mathematics and/or Statistics
Educating and equipping knowledge of Mathematics and/or Statistics to learners
Highlighting and celebrating Mathematics and Statistics careers and impact in other careers
Womandla supports Mathematics and Statistics Awareness
Conversations with Mathematics and Statistics Professionals to create awareness on careers and importance of Mathematics and Statistics
This Maths and Statistics Awareness month our Head of STEAM has been tutoring Mathematics to our learners in Langa.
Today we are hosting the Career Expo at Isilimela High School in Langa and the programme has a speaker lined up to speak on the importance of Mathematics.
We need to address the stigma around Mathematics being deemed as a subject that is not useful in our every day lives but just something we need to barely understand to make it in life. The following are ways in which we can also relay the importance of Mathematics and Statistics to our family and friends:
Mathematics is a universal language.
Once you know the formula then you can solve any problem. I like the consistency and reliability. The principles and foundations of Math are the same everywhere in the world. 10 plus 10 will always equal 20 and a triangle is always be a three sided shape. We may have adopted different symbols and units of measurement, but when translated, they all mean the same things.
Mathematics and Statistics is essential in multiple careers
Most careers require Maths. We have a lot of learners ask us why Math is important in careers such as computer programming to which we highlight how mathematics helps in teaching problem solving and different ways of thinking. Mathematics provides an effective way of building mental discipline and encourages logical reasoning and mental rigor.
In this digital age computers have become increasingly important and common in today’s world. Computer science drives the innovations emerging in every area of society. To understand computer science, you have to understand a few kinds of math, including binary math, calculus, statistics, and more. Thinking “mathematically” or analytically helps you grow your skills in areas like coding, database-building, software development, and more
Various kinds of math go into architecture, including geometry and algebra. To become an architect, students need to take classes like calculus, trigonometry, probability, statistics, and more. These skills are used to analyse and calculate design and possible problems that might arise. Contractors and construction workers must also use math skills to accurately measure and build what the architect designed. Architecture doesn’t typically use extremely complicated math, but knowing the basics and thinking analytically are important.
Statistics play a big role in the medical field. Before any drugs prescribed, scientist must show a statistically valid rate of effectiveness. Statistics are behind all the study of medical.
Mathematics is applied in various fields and disciplines, i.e., mathematical concepts and procedures are used to solve problems in science, engineering, economics. (For example, the understanding of complex numbers is a prerequisite to learn many concepts in electronics.) The complexity of those problems often requires relatively sophisticated mathematical concepts and procedures when compared to the mathematical literacy aforementioned.
Maths is also an essential concept of fashion designing. From taking measurements, estimating the quantity and quality of material to make clothing and estimating the cost and profit for making the clothes all include mathematics.
Mathematics and Statistics are used in every day life
Without the basics of addition and subtraction money matters are an issue. It is therefore important that the basic understanding of Math is made a pre requisite for all people. Math and money are closely linked. Without math skills, it would be challenging to balance a budget. Spending too much money or spending money you don’t even have are consequences of poor math skills.
If you have cooked at least once in your life you may have encountered the importance of Maths after miscalculation of quantities. Quantities are measured or estimated based on a universal understanding of quantity.
Have you wondered how weather forecasting is done? There are some computers models build on statistical concepts which compare prior weather with the current weather and predict future weather.
Just this month we had a census happening in the Western Cape and other parts of South Africa. The census entails calculating, acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. The census uses mathematical and statistical concepts. The census is important because it informs decision-making at all levels both in government and the private sector.
Mathematics is a backbone for other subjects
You might be surprised to know that Mathematics forms the backbone for every subject. The subjects like physics, chemistry, economics, history, accountancy, statistics, in fact, every subject is based upon maths. In addition, mathematical knowledge plays a crucial role in understanding the contents of other school subjects such as science, social studies, and even music and art.
It’s safe to say we are back and ready for the year of DOUBLE!
With double the excitement mounting, we are hoping to make double the impact as we climatise to the new normal.
We cannot thank our community, supporters, and donors (shoutout DGMT) enough for your generosity and involvement in the foundation in 2021.
A special word of thanks goes out to the Mentorship, STEAM and Entrepreneurship & Development committees who showed up in leaps and bounds by providing resources to run our programmes and events.
Some of our highlights:
MANCOSA came on board as a partner and has been instrumental in carrying out our shared values. With school shoes donated to our chosen school and venues provided nationwide, our impact can now have a wider reach. MANCOSA has also donated bursaries for women in the Womandla community and our STEAM award winners!
We also hosted our successful hybrid STEAM awards, hosted by the Editor of GQ South Africa, Molife Kumona, and keynote address by Poppy Mhlungu-Khoza, CEO of CAA. We awarded shining beacons who have shown promise and great achievement in their industry. Catch the awards here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgadEJdKeV8
The media has always had our back and have been a great voice to amplify our activism, education and vision to equip, empower and inspire women and girls (and anyone listening really) in the African Diaspora!
This year, we have so much planned across all disciplines and invite you to journey with us!
As always, we encourage you to follow our social media pages to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Womandla Foundation. Please feel free to reach out to partner, sponsor or volunteer to our cause.
The Womandla Foundation will be hosting the second Women in STEAM Awards on 28 August 2021.
The Awards shines light on the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and advocacy for STEM and recognizes excellence among those who strive to make a positive difference in their communities. This year we have included the ARTS industry to the categories, which demonstrates an exceptional use of arts and innovation in the STEM fields.
“Part of bridging the gender disparity is us taking the opportunity to celebrate women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics who against all odds are making outstanding contributions within their respective fields,” Says Rumbi Maisva, Head of STEAM at the Womandla Foundation.
The Womandla Women in STEAM Award winners will be announced on the morning of 28 August 2021 at the virtual award ceremony.
We encourage every female and organisation across South Africa to put forward their success stories with regards to gender empowerment.
Submit your entry here to be considered for this year’s Womandla Women in STEAM Awards.
This year, the awards will take on a hybrid approach and will take place at the MANCOSA Learning Centre in Cape Town and online.
Womandla has grown in leaps and bounds this year and I have my generous team of EXCO members to thank.
The journey has been smooth and not without challenges, but these challenges have shaped us to the improved versions of ourselves that we are.
Our year started off with the pilot of the Mentorship Programme at Langa High School in Cape Town, followed by a Sanitary towel drive that was supported nationwide to keep the female learners in school. This exercise taught us about resilience, relationship building and sharpened our communication skills. Our NPO held a Careers Expo at the school with willing companies, to expose learners of the various career options, university courses as well as financial aid available.
Yolanda, who leads the mentorship portfolio, was chosen to attend the World Youth Forum in Egypt this December.
Our Head of STEM was chosen by Codespace, as of one the panelists in STEM for a coding and robotics camp and later in the year nominated for an ITTPSA award under the Social Responsibility category. The STEM department exhibited in the Women in ICT event and hosted a coding workshop for beginners – a job well done!
We held the inaugural Womandla Women in STEM Awards sponsored by Nedbank, during Women’s month and celebrated high achievers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Southern Africa!
The Womandla EXCO was invited to Parliament twice to attend and participate in the Budget vote Speech and the Western Cape Provincial legislature Debate on GBV. Critical conversations were had, especially regarding the on-going massacre of women in our country. I cannot pen this report without thinking about Uyinene Mrwetyana and many other women and children who lost their lives through gender-based violence this year. May justice prevail in this country.
Part of our strategy for 2020 is to branch out of Cape Town and further our reach to our Durban, East London and Johannesburg supporters and collaborate with other partners in Africa in our respective areas and continue with our skills development, nation-building initiatives and activism.
All these efforts listed above could not have happened without the support of the amazing team, followers and families, City of Cape Town, the DG Murray Trust, Maitland Group, Aspire Solutions, Global Kinetic and various venue sponsors, volunteers and donors. Thank you to the media Massiv Metro, Cape Talk, LeadSA, Radio Pulpit, Trace, Afternoon Express and Bizcommunity and not to mention social media for amplifying our voice to the masses.
EKSE on Cape Town TV, covered the Women in STEM Awards.
Credit: CTV, 2019. Video taken at The Vineyard Hotel
#Womandla Women in STEM Awards where they celebrated achievements of women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries and recognized excellence among those who strive to make a positive difference.
From teaching children to code, to servicing communities with access and computer literacy programmes. These ladies are advocating by impacting and empowering STEM-related communities.
Vuyolwethu serves as an Associate of Impact Accelerator at investment and advisory firm Impact Amplifier, a Mentor at Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and, the Chair of the Board for GirlHype which is an NPC that has impacted coding and leadership skills training of 100 000 young girls over 14 years.
A Millennial Mag 20 Young People to Watch honouree and Inspiring Fifty South Africa (in cooperation with the Kingdom of the Netherlands) Top 50 SA Women in Technology nominee, she has since 2017, she’s also been serving as a One Young World Ambassador and since 2018, an Ambassador and Judge for the Global Startup Awards: Southern Africa region.
Ps. Mazote Msipha is the founder of Ebuhleni Foundation, a non-profit organization that was established in 2012. Ebuhleni Foundation was established with the aim to help eradicate poverty through the restoration of the value of education.
The Ebuhleni Foundation runs different community projects including a Science and Technology Center, Helping-hand which provides winter school uniform to disadvantaged children as well as free computer literacy lessons.
The free computer skills lessons have since yielded thousands of computer literate youth, improving their employability. Through Ebuhleni she has been able to obtain funding for disadvantaged learners to further their studies in different universities, an opportunity that they would have otherwise missed due to their background.
Xolisa Guzula is lecturer in multilingual and multiliteracies education at the University of Cape Town.
She has interest in language and literacy as social practice; biliteracy development; emergent literacy; critical literacies; multimodality; third spaces and bilingual children’s literature.
She is a doctoral student researching in bi/multilingual education and is one of the founders of Molo Mhlaba School, a school focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (www.molomhlaba.org).
Siphokazi Nciza is the Founder and Managing Director of Kasie Labs.
Kasie Labs’ made an entry into the digital revolution market four years ago and has since grown rapidly and secured strategic partnerships with provincial government, corporates and communities to set its STEM footprints in townships, informal settlements and rural communities amongst those are women in Soweto trained in basic computer skills.
She has trained Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME)’s in and around Gauteng on the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP).
Some of her achievements include receiving the MTN Foundation Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2018), UK Tech Hub Most Outstanding Future Female Award (2019) and participating in several global initiatives such as Africa code week and hour of code.
Siphokazi is currently participating in the African App Launchpad (AAL) initiative, an Africa-wide platform focused at Egyptian and African youth.
Siphokazi is currently studying a programming course with Harvard University. She completed a BSc Computer Science degree, IT National Certificate and a few other professional certificates.
She is a qualified facilitator, registered assessor and moderator at MICT Seta and is also certified in Business Development Skills by Awethu Project and by the UK Tech Hub Business School.
Fadzayi Chiwandire is the founder of the DIV:A Initiative a non-profit initiative dedicated to empowering young girls between the ages of 8 and 18 years from disadvantaged communities with coding skills
She is also a Front-end Developer and Scrum Master at OnePointFour Consulting in Johannesburg South AfricaFounder
Fadzayi has been inivited as a Speaker to Facebook Developer Circle (Women in Tech Johannesburg Event 2019), Google Developers Group Meetup (Women Techmakers Johannesburg Event 2019) and WeAreDevelopers World Congress (Germany, Berlin 2019)
Fadzayi was the Fellow & Revelation Winner (Education) of the WIA54 Women in Africa Initiative 2019.
She has been nominated as one of the InspiringFifty in South Africa 2019
She is a member of Women Techmakers (Global) and Women in Tech Africa.