A+ students are raising funds to help send two 8-year-old math geniuses from the Zandspruit township to San Francisco at the end of the year.

They celebrated their anniversary with a glittering event at which students competed to raise funds to send Didintle Malebane and Koketso Ramorola to the US.

Mr South Africa second runner-up Sibusiso Sibanda, as well as Mrs Globe, Riana Mooi, competed and lost against the pint-sized A+ students. The event was to raise funds to help send two 8-year-old kid whizzes to San Francisco.

A+Students by CMATHS (Calculating Mental Arithmetic Tuition with the Help of Japanese Soroban) is a development course aimed at children from 2 ½ years.

Marlene Mouton, the founder of A+ Students, spoke about the impact the programme has on students.

“We are making history in South Africa. We're changing people's lives. If you can start with a child at two-and-a-half years old, and teach them mathematics the Japanese way, you're going to change their life. So that's what we're celebrating,” she said.

“We also have these brilliant students, Didintle and Koketso from Zandspruit who are going to enter the international competition in December and we need to raise some funds to help them get there.”

When asked how she felt about the great opportunity, Didintle (8) said she was excited about it, as her favourite subject is Mathemetics.

The two students will be participating in the international competition on the 29th of December 2015.

* IOL, adapted from a press release.