From the Book: Mitch & Makhaya – Cave of Ages

I thought to drop in an extract from the book I am busy on. This is my young readers book by the name above. Take a read and let me know your thoughts or views. . .

CHAPTER 5

The old woman looked down from her hidden position on the side of the hill. She could see the young boys kicking the ball to and fro on the soccer field and on the closer side of the school to her, a group of girls throwing a ball through the netball hoop. Another group sat together chatting to each other leaning against the wall of the administrative building of the school.

She watched them for a while, envious of their youth and energy. Her life had been one of watching and waiting. She was The Keeper. Her job had had moments of anguish and of confrontation with people she had preferred not to have occurred. It had been many, many years now of watching with nothing happening. She felt in her old bones that she was soon to have another confrontation. She thought she had seen them, those she had encountered before. Maybe this was the time.

She sighed and scratched her nose, a slight itch irritating her.

She had perfected the art of camouflage, not being seen by the farm workers, the farmer himself and many of the children when she was but meters away from them.

She gazed upwards to judge the time of day, her white eyes reflecting the glare of the sun. Her body had become old and wizen over the years and her hair had turned white. She had to use mud to cake her hair so that she could remain hidden and so had gotten used to a helmet of dried mud in place of hair she remembered being able to run her fingers through. But that was the price of her position as The Keeper.

She gazed down once more at the children as the school bell sounded and they made their way back to the various classrooms. When the last of them had disappeared into class, she slowly rose, stretched out her back and turned towards the hill. She took three steps towards a clump of bushes and disappeared.

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Our APP arrives!

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The digital age arrives for My Maths Buddy, our flagship publication. With the popularity of the book as a softcover and now being downloaded by many people as an eBook, we have taken the next step.

My Maths Buddy is now available as a Microsoft APP!

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Having helped thousands of kids so far better their understanding and results in Maths, the APP makes it possible for many more to download this fantastic resource and win!

We would also love your feedback on the APP, so let us know by adding your comment or email us on support@mymathsbuddy.co.za

 

Down a Different Path

Mitch & Makhaya

I started this blog with hopes and determination to get my book, Mitch & Makhaya, out within a few months. Fate spelled out another path and a year later I still hold the hope of completing my book.

However, as an author I did get something published. But, in addition to that, started our own publishing house. Now that’s not too bad a change of destiny.

My Maths Buddy

After extensive research into why kids struggle with Maths at school, we found an answer. It was an interesting and eye-opening path. We spoke with many youngsters and almost one for one, found that they had difficulty with the words and terms of Maths. and to add a little secret. .  many teachers had similar problems too!

Hence, out of the long hours of research and development came a new and unique dictionary, My Maths Buddy maths dictionary. and here is one of the main reasons it works: 100% a creation of laypeople. Yes, we did have everything checked by Maths experts BUT the idea was to address kids at the level they normally communicate.

We’ve had fantastic endorsements and feedback to date and with the book on the market, mainly in South Africa so far but reaching internationally now, we’ve sold just short of 3000 copies in just under seven months.

This month too, we are about to launch, in partnership with the NGO Education Africa, the One Book One Learner Project which is a project giving companies and individuals the ability to donate My Maths Buddy to underprivileged kids. its one thing to ensure those who can afford to get such tools do get them, its another to make sure those who cannot afford to obtain the book are enabled by us to do so. after all, intelligence is not determined by income. So here is a Project anyone can get behind. Its covered briefly on our Blog at this time.

We have kept up a regular briefing of developments of My Maths Buddy at our Blog, so you can check out some of the testimonials and happenings there.

So with my attention on this new, exciting and effective help for kids – now starting on translations of it as well as the new My Science Buddy’s coming – I’ve had little time for Mitch & Makhaya. Hopefully I’ll get to them before they get too old to have exciting youth adventures!

First Birthday Celebration!

Tomorrow is our company’s first birthday!

We will be 1 year old!!!

We would like to thank all those great people who supported us and believed in us from the very beginning and all those who still working with us, believing in us, supporting us, communicating with us, read our blogs and liked us on FB.

Our first product, My Maths Buddy, has really taken off and proving to be a needed resource for schools, teachers and kids at school. We have now started translating into Afrikaans and soon to do a couple of the other major international languages.

We are also due to open our UK subsidiary in a month or so. So thank you to all who helped us to get this far.

You can keep up with us on either

www.facebook.com/mymathsbuddy

www.facebook.com/palangapublishing

www.mymathsbuddyblog.com

or visit our website at www.mymathsbuddy.co.za

 

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Important Message to all Businesses: Help Where it is Needed

As of this month, June 2012, My Maths Buddy and the non-governmental organisation, Education Africa, are about to take a giant leap in the rehabilitation of Mathematics in South Africa. Three other prominent NGO’s are joining forces in this project and their names will be released shortly.

The project is being launched wherein all corporates, companies and concerned individuals can join in to provide My Maths Buddy to thousands of underprivileged schoolkids. Because Education Africa has offices in the UK and USA, this allows anyone in those countries to participate too.

This is the 1Book 1Learner Project!

It is relatively simple.

Companies, corporates or individuals sign up as members in the Project. They do this by taking on the donation of 1 or more books per month, on a debit order system. Single donations can also be made. Education Africa, for every 3000 donated copies, then distributes these to needy schools on behalf of the donors. The donors themselves, receive their tax exemption certificate for their donation AND their names included inside the book on the Donors Page plus receive a copy of the logo for their use on their stationary to indicate they are members.

The purpose of this project is as follows:

1. Placing My Maths Buddy into the hands of thousands of needy South African Teachers and Learners so as to increase the understanding of and ability to apply Mathematics to the degree of positively influencing the study of pure Mathematics and the Matric pass rate in South Africa;

2. Focus on the provision of My Maths Buddy to underprivileged or less economically able schools so as to provide opportunity to those less privileged.

With Maths results consistently below a 50% pass rate in South Africa in the last few years, THIS is a means to unlock the potential of our kids and get the results back up well over 50%. Economically, we really cannot afford to do anything else!

So if you are either a business owner, part of a large corporate or a concerned individual, you CAN participate in this exciting project.

For more details you can contact Education Africa at mailbox@educationafrica.org or My Maths Buddy at info@mymathsbuddy.co.za.

You can also visit www.mymathsbuddy.co.za.

Your participation will make a difference.

Mathematics Education needs a Boost

Looking specifically at the Maths results for South African schools in 2011 the future for economic development looks bleak. I refer specifically to the training of new professionals for our society – engineers, doctors, scientists and the like. Maths is the backbone of much of the professional, entrepreneurial and corporate management sector of any society, so a healthy pass rate at school feeds the requirements of our universities and thus our economy.

If one were to look at the results of the numerous ‘interventions’ in Maths education in 2011, these interventions didn’t produce what was intended. In 2010, the matric (Grade 12) pass rate in South Africa was 47,4%. In 2011 it dropped to 46,3%. But that is still a misnomer. South Africa has adopted ‘Maths Literacy’ as a subject. Most often, kids failing at pure Maths are relegated to Maths Literacy. No universities will consider Maths Literacy as a subject for any entry requirements. Further, if we deducted the Maths Literacy passing learners from the 46,3% for 2011, the actual pure Maths pass rate was 24%!! That is shocking and does not bode well for the future.

So how do we solve the problem.  Maths experts have been grappling with the problem for some years. Extra Maths teachers are cashing in. Extra Maths workbooks line the shelves in bookstores and supermarkets. Still, the problem persists.

But there is a solution and it is here. If one wanted to converse or do business in a specific language, he or she would want to become literate and conceptually understand communications given in that language. Well, Maths is a language. So. . . I know it’s too simple, but lets just get the kids literate in Maths. Help them gain conceptual understanding of the words and terms of Maths. Then they can apply what they know.

Simple, put a My Maths Buddy Maths dictionary in their hands. It works, because it addresses each of the key points related to the words and terms of  Mathematics.

learn more at www.mymathsbuddy.co.za

Super Exciting Release!

Whilst I get through authoring my own book, we’ve released the new My Maths BuddyMaths dictionary to great response!

I am co-author of this new evolutionary dictionary. One can’t really call it a dictionary as it is so much more.

To sum it up in the best manner, here is what the Head of Maths at a prominent Johannesburg (South Africa) High School had to say about it:

  “The whole concept of this type of book is fantastic.  It is a very user-friendly book that is detailed and                                                                                                                           informative and would be a super tool for anyone trying to get through their Maths syllabus at any grade.

                                                         I found it to be a wonderful resource for me as an educator.  The definitions of the terms were written using language that was easy to understand.  The pictures, diagrams and examples helped tremendously in ensuring that the concept was fully understood and could be applied again in different examples.

                                                         In a nutshell, the book is fantastic. ” B.L.

We really put a lot of research into My Maths Buddy, ensuring it met the standards required to be a book that changed conditions for the positive. I know we attained our goal – almost 1000 copies sold in the first few weeks with no marketing having started yet! Mostly word of mouth.

So I invite you to have a look at it and be an owner. If you have kids at school, this WILL help them. With the decline of Maths in many countries, the future economic outlook is negatively affected. Less qualified professionals is a problem whatever country you are in. My Maths Buddy is a solution to resolving the current problem and preventing problems in the near future.

Try it, I know you will like it.