“This is a real godsend! So much of what we do relies on donations like this to make our work happen!” So says Stephen Mahony, CEO of educational non-profit JumpStart. The Gauteng division of his NGO was chosen to receive a cheque for R50 000 on Standard Bank’s popular weekly game show, Your Next Million.
Our game show’s purpose is moving contestants forward to their Next, whether that’s paying off a house or buying one, providing for a child’s education, or even paying for a destination wedding. But that’s not all Your Next Million is about – we also recognise the people and organisations who, through dedicated good work, drive South Africa to its Next.
Like all non-profits previously chosen as winners of Your Next Million’s R50 000 NGO cheque, JumpStart Gauteng (which also has operations in the Free State) aims to drive progress throughout the nation via educational development. Since 2002, the organisation has worked to improve children’s grasp of mathematics on primary-school level, believing that this is the key to our youths’ future prospects of employment, as well as South Africa’s future wellbeing. JumpStart Gauteng’s interventions not only include comprehensive and effective classroom learning, but also improving teacher competence and digital e-learning solutions. With a R50 000 boost, their efforts can go even further. Stephen explains:
“We work in schools in Eldorado Park where we employ previously unemployed young adults as maths tutors. These tutors work in the classrooms of primary-school learners to positively impact their mathematics skills. This R50k will go directly to supporting this team.
“What a great initiative from Standard Bank,” Stephen continues. “Our own motto, ‘thinking forward’ couldn't say it better. Here's a financial institution in South Africa working toward the future of improved learning outcomes in the critical area of mathematics. Thank you!”