Math Tutoring and Enrichmement





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Project Description

Region: Africa

Country: South Africa

Location: Durban

Total Budget: $35,975

Area of Focus: Basic education and literacy

The full project title is "Mariannridge High School Mathematics Tutoring and Enrichment Project." The lack of quality mathematics instruction in disadvantaged communities in South Africa is a major impediment to the future success of high-school graduates. This project delivers mathematics instruction by bringing upper division and postgraduate tutors from the University of KwaZulu-Natal each Saturday to Mariannridge, a township community located 20 km from central Durban. This year the project serves learners in grades 8 and 9. We intend to add a new grade each year, eventually serving grades 8 - 12 and also including a computing component. Pass rates and leaving exam scores have greatly improved as the result of a pilot version of this project. Our ambition is to expand and improve this project, The global grant will cover transportation, modest tutor stipends, and pedagogical materials. This first phase covers July 2022 - July 2023. The Rotary project seeks to expand to all grades by 2025. At this point the project once proven will become self-sustaining through South African corporate sponsors, in part incentivized through Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment credits. One such sponsor has already been recruited.

Primary Host Partner

District: 9370

Rotary Club of: Durban Umhlatuzana

Primary Contact: Martin Bucher

Email: m.aaron.bucher@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5520

Rotary Club of: Los Alamos

Primary Contact: Alison Pannell

Email: livukenjani@gmail.com

Project Status

This project is "Approved". This means the application has been approved by The Rotary Foundation, and the project is ready for implementation.

Project listed for the 2022-23 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #224030.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Durban Umhlatuzana (9370)





Los Alamos (5520)





El Camino Real (Oceanside) (5340)





Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation




Additional Contribution (not matched by The Rotary Foundation)




Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $5,000 with $5,000 DDF by Jim O'Meara of the Rotary Club of El Camino Real (Oceanside), District 5340.


System Entry

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Jim O'Meara

G-2950--GG-2240304 has been approved by TRF.


by Janice Kurth

System Entry: Application Sent to The Rotary Foundation through Member Access.


by Janice Kurth

System Entry: Application approved by The Rotary Foundation.

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