Managing director, Numeric
For many, a life and career abroad holds promise and prospects of a better and more comfortable future, but for Andrew Einhorn all roads were always inevitable going to lead back home.
Andrew came back to South Africa in 2007 to pursue a master’s degree at University of Cape Town after having studied physics and mathematics at Harvard University. He landed himself a lucrative and comfortable position at Allan Gray, where his upward trajectory was certain, but during his studies he had an idea of how to improve the learning of maths with children from Khayelitsha.
His idea was born out of the challenges that South Africa faces in providing access to quality education for children, particularly for children from poor backgrounds.
“80% of jobs which are demand in South Africa require maths, but we do not have the technical people to build our country. Kids are not getting the education they need because very few actually leave school with a reasonable understanding of maths. This is why I decided to dedicate my life to an intervention that would address this problem we have,” he says.
This idea he developed is called Numeric: an intensive after-school maths programme for children in their final year of primary school. He began by running a pilot project in 2011 with seven classes in Khayelitsha and today it has grown to having 2 200 participating kids in low-income areas in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. Numeric is currently being implemented in 47 primary schools in both these cities.
Numeric has also more recently launched a teaching academy, a project Einhorn is particularly excited about because it is holistic and fully funded programme that starts to address fundamental problems in the entire schooling system, and especially in the development of teachers. The academy is currently training 20 maths teachers while they complete their postgraduate certificates in education in Cape Town.
— Slindile Nyathikazi