Ardoch’s Numeracy Buddies program is designed to give workplace an opportunity to support the education of children in disadvantaged communities through development of their numeracy skills.
Numeracy Buddies matches students (Little Buddies) with workplace volunteers (Big Buddies) so that they can work together to solve maths problems through an online blog. The Buddies blog every few weeks and meet once at the students’ school and once at the Big Buddies’ workplace.
The program helps children improve their maths skills by encouraging them to verbalise key concepts, and by building an understanding of how maths is used in different jobs and workplaces, making maths an interactive and fun activity. It also builds students’ aspirations by introducing them to positive working role models in various industries and professions.