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Multiplying Their Potential


27 June 2019 - NESTLÉ Nespray brought together stakeholders in education and nutrition from the private and public sectors to discuss solving the challenge of Maths Literacy for primary school children. The gathering served as the official launch of NESTLÉ Nespray South African Mathematics Challenge, unveiling the additional fourth round which allows students to go further than the original three rounds of the competition. The fourth round of the Challenge will allow a finale of the Top 20 Students to compete against each other in Johannesburg in October with the winners receiving a bursary.

The historical poor performance of South African children in mathematics compared to their counterparts internationally has created an urgency for educators to deal with the challenge. The focus is on bringing them on par with internationally accepted levels and NESTLÉ Nespray recognises the efforts of the South African Mathematics Challenge Foundation in making learning mathematics fun and exciting for primary school going children. They have shown their support for this initiative by adding another round to this long-standing competition where 18 students will be invited to Johannesburg to participate in the competition’s new fourth round level from which the winner will be chosen.

The panel discussion included, PHD In Mathematics honouree and Lecturer Dr Dephney Mathebula, businessman and Founder of the Sifiso Learning Organisation Mr Sizwe Nxasana, Dep. Of Education representative (insert name), Vice Chairperson of The South African Mathematics Foundation (insert Name), Tshilidzi Nageli, Chairperson for Dietetics Nutrition is a Profession, Kgaugelo Bopape a Grade 11 Learner and Adedoja Ekeruche, Business Executive Officer, Dairy Business, NESTLÉ South Africa  discussing topics such as the need to improve the interest and ways of educating children in mathematics as well as the role of nutrition in cognitive development.

NESTLÉ Nespray have made it their business to understand the cognitive and physical developmental stages of children so that they can provide parents with products that support their efforts to bring up healthy and mentally advanced children.

Commented Adedoja Ekeruche , “To nourish growing minds, we focus on providing our future leaders with brain support, immune support and growth builders.  With a vast percentage of school-age children (5 – 14 years old) in South Africa suffering from both macro and micro nutrient deficiencies, the availability of products such as NESTLÉ NESPRAY FORTIGROW a milk with a unique blend of essential vitamins, minerals and macro nutrients — is vital to ensuring healthy growing minds. We are happy that through our sponsorship we will be able to help more of our children multiply their potential.”

NESTLÉ Nespray has a recognised track record in helping parents and their communities to take a holistic approach in school age nutrition through its research-based product development and community focused initiatives such as only using locally sourced milk.

“Our involvement in the South African Mathematics Challenge will provide some students with an opportunity to travel to Johannesburg, which will give them a chance to learn more about their environment and from each other. Our Creating Shared Value initiatives are always about improving on the efforts of those on the ground, and the South African Mathematics Challenge which was started by teachers to deal with the challenge of the perception and learning of mathematics for primary school children, is such an initiative. And building on their current success fits with purpose of enhancing the quality of life of individuals and communities we operate in”.

The South African Mathematics Challenge has been growing from the inception year of 1977 to the current size of approximately 80 000 to 102 000 learners from more than 700 schools countrywide participating annually.

“We have been encouraged by the enthusiasm shown by both learners and teachers in the competition and see it as confirmation that adding a sporting element to learning is another way of hooking the interest of children to mathematics, a subject which has been viewed with much dread. The addition of the travel element and the bursary as a prize, we hope will see more schools and children taking part, with the added bonus of improving the performance of children in mathematics”. Concluded Ekeruche

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NESTLÉ is the world’s largest food and beverage company. It is present in 189 countries around the world, and its 328,000 employees are committed to NESTLÉ’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. NESTLÉ offers a wide portfolio of products and services for people and their pets throughout their lives. Its more than 2000 brands range from global icons like NESCAFÉ or NESPRESSO to local favourites like RICOFFY.  Company performance is driven by its Nutrition, Health and Wellness strategy. NESTLÉ is based in the Swiss town of Vevey where it was founded more than 150 years ago.

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