Accounting academic Dr Msizi Mkhize engaging with Inanda Comprehensive High School pupils.

Fall in love with maths and you’ll never suffer from a broken heart!

That was the gist of the message on Valentine’s Day from School of Accounting, Economics and Finance’s Lecturer and Thuthuka Project Coordinator, Dr Msizi Mkhize.
Mkhize, who dubs his initiative: Love Mathematics Day, spent two hours conducting an interactive maths show with young learners of Inanda Comprehensive High School by linking mathematics with the worlds of the youngsters. The event was so successful that it even made the front page of Isolezwe Newspaper.

Mkhize says learners and teachers were amazed to see how their daily lives and bible verses can be linked to maths.

‘My aim in conducting the maths shows is to encourage learners to be interested in maths at an early age because this will open up more career options since many careers require maths,’ he said.

Mkhize believes that encouraging creativity in Basic Education has the potential of not only improving education, but also empowering learners and teachers with a special type of thinking and generations of ideas and algorithms.

Looking to the future, Mkhize – who is currently working on a Mathematics Stage Play – plans to continuing sharing his innovative and creative mathematics teaching and learning strategies. He is further looking forward to accepting invitations from schools and churches where he demystifies maths.

His next stop is at St John the Baptist Anglican Church in Pinetown later this month.