FILE PHOTO - The sign marking the Google offices is lit up in Cambridge
FILE PHOTO - The sign marking the Google offices is lit up in Cambridge

Google gives $1.5m grant to Siyavula for free learning platform

By Ziyanda Mbolekwa Time of article published Sep 27, 2017

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JOHANNESBURG - Siyavula Practise on Wednesday officially launched its #1MillionMaths Challenge aimed at assisting pupils with preparation of their end of year exams.

In July Google pledged that would make $20m in grants over the next five years to nonprofits that are working to improve lives across Africa .

As part of Google’s commitment Siyavula received a $1.5m grant to provide free access to its online learning platform to 150 000 low-income students in South Africa and 150 000 additional low-income students in Nigeria .

Nick Cain,'s Portfolio Manager for Education said: “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.”

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Mark Horner, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Siyavula said: “Siyavula is launching the #1MillionMaths Challenge to show the reach and scale that technology enables, as well as the incredible impact that practice can have when learning maths."  

"We've designed our software to adapt to each learner's level so they practise smarter, not just harder." Horner said they are inviting pupils to complete 1 million maths questions on its digital learning platform in the month of October.

“For the #1MillionMaths Challenge, Siyavula will provide free access to its premium online maths practice service for all Grade 8-12 learners in the country.” “Grade 12 learners preparing for exams will be able to practice self-marking exam questions for Mathematics Paper 1 and Paper 2.”

Pupils who take part are set to receive various prizes and rewards from Siyavula such as data, mobile phones and Google Play vouchers during October. 

“Larners from low fee public schools who participate in this challenge will be eligible to receive a scholarship that grants them access to Siyavula maths practice for all of 2018,” said Horner. To join the #1MillionMaths challenge, pupils are encouraged to visit the Siyavula website and or a trial account and redeem the following access code: siyavula-one-million-maths.

This code will grant them premium access until the 15th of December and allow them to participate in the challenge.


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