When we heard that one of our online learning platforms, Siyavula, was granting students free access to their learning platform, we had to tell you about it.[Cape Town] 25 October 2017: Learners in Grades 8-12 around the country completed one million maths exercises on Siyavula Education’s online learning platform in October – meeting the target of the #1MillionMaths Challenge ahead of schedule, one week before 31 October.
The #1MillionMaths Challenge was launched by Siyavula and Google.org at the end of September in a nation-wide drive to promote maths revision and practice for final exams.
Siyavula made its platform accessible for free to every single learner in Grades 8-12 in South Africa both during and after the challenge – removing the R599 annual subscription fee until 15 December.
This means that the huge numbers of learners who signed on to use the tool for free in October will still be able to benefit until after exams are over.
But the really big news is that this is just a taste of things to come: the first 150,000 users from low-fee public schools will receive free access for the entirety of 2018 thanks to sponsorship from Google.org, which gave Siyavula a $1.5 million grant in July this year.
Nick Cain, Google.org’s portfolio manager for education, says: “Both Google and Siyavula harness technology to make information and education more accessible. We want to demonstrate how powerful this can be by providing learners with access to this tool during their preparation for exams.”