“IT BEGINS with a desire”. These are the words from the founders of Omega Junior, a community organisation that aims to create a sense of passion and desire among high school pupils in the Border region to learn mathematics.
Omega serves as a network for high school pupils of all social backgrounds in the Border region of the Eastern Cape, through which they can develop their skills in mathematics and be empowered by the opportunities afforded to them through their involvement with the organisation.
Omega Junior’s chairman, Thando Dyasi, and its secretary, Obakhe Nkohla, recently started a stationery drive at Vincent Park Mall to help bridge the gap between pupils who have the skill but not the correct mathematical resources.
“As founders of Omega Junior we have tutored multiple pupils from different backgrounds and discovered that some pupils lack the essential stationery which hinders them from excelling in the subject.
“Therefore this stationery drive is aimed at addressing this issue,” Dyasi said.
Apart from having a passion for mathematics, these youngsters provide practical assistance in the form of tutoring to previously disadvantaged pupils, enabling them to significantly improve their mathematical skills and marks.
“Currently we have more than 100 pupils from different schools enrolled for tutoring and we would like the Department of Education to assist us in any way possible with our initiative,” Nkohla said.
Nyameko and Philemon Ngcelwane high schools in Mdantsane are two of the schools Omega Junior has assisted to ensure better mathematics results among their pupils.
The two maths boffins hope the community will assist by donating basic stationery, calculators and mathematical instruments which will be given to underprivileged pupils tutored by Omega Junior.
Tutoring sessions are offered at Meals on Wheels in Nahoon and are free of charge. Donations can be dropped off at SPAR outlets in Amalinda, Cambridge and Beacon Bay for the rest of the week.