Creating a safer space where children come to learn maths and leave having learned so much more. To accompany the women on a journey of self discoverty in which they get to know their own gifts and strengths so that they can take the next step into the future.
MathMoms is a women’s initiative, powered by motherly love that builds confident communities - one maths empowered child at a time. The purpose of MathMoms is to contribute to quality education, with the focus on maths, for foundation phase learners in previously disadvantaged schools. It is not only the learners who benefit from the programme. The MathMoms and the mentors receive training to prepare them for the classroom, not only to teach mathematics but also to support the learners and each other. They have training sessions on topics as diverse as parenting, life skills, understanding children’s behaviour, personal branding, first aid, understanding and dealing with trauma, and working with traumatised children.
Learner by learner, school by school, community by community, mathmoms will improve maths results, resulting in an improved economy.

  • Gerald Schank
  • Fresh.Frames Productions
  • Thomas Peters Sunny Side Foundation
    Associate Producer
  • Jürgen Grosse
    Production Coordinator
  • Gerald Schank
  • Jean-Francois Guyot
  • Sonja Cilliers
  • Zandile Nyawo
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    October 31, 2023
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    South Africa
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    Afrikaans, English
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    Digital (4K)
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Director Biography - Gerald Schank

Gerald Schank is an award winning filmmaker and director of photography with a preference for intuitive emotional visual storytelling. After graduating in social pedagogy, Gerald Schank starts an apprenticeship as camera assistant and sound technician in 1986.
His first work as freelance cinematographer was in 1993 a documentary on Brazilian street kids for German Television (WDR). The years to come took him to more than 50 countries for cinematographic work on films, such as the short film "Snipers Alley" (2001), or an anti-war drama, the cinema feature film "Mörderischer Frieden - Lethal Peace" (2007), filmed in Sarajevo (BiH).
The short film "Cut” (2014) received a recognition for best cinematography. And his documentary film debut "One World - The Ocean of Presence" (2019) won numerous awards at various international film festivals.

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