Far­sons Foun­da­tion con­tin­ues to fa­cil­i­tate nu­mer­acy skills for chil­dren

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

Last year, The In­spire Foun­da­tion and The Far­sons Foun­da­tion teamed up to help fa­cil­i­tate the un­der­stand­ing of math­e­mat­i­cal con­cepts for chil­dren who have dif­fi­cul­ties in the area.

Mr Bryan A. Gera, Chair­man of The Far­sons Foun­da­tion ex­plained that this col­lab­o­ra­tion meant that The In­spire foun­da­tion could send one of their pro­fes­sional em­ploy­ees to be­come an ac­cred­ited Nu­mi­con trainer. Nu­mi­con is a new ap­proach to teach chil­dren nu­mer­acy us­ing a more vis­ual and mul­ti­sen­sory ap­proach.

This year The Far­sons Foun­da­tion spon­sored an­other pro­fes­sional in the area. Ac­cred­ited train­ers help to train and sup­port staff us­ing Nu­mi­con to teach chil­dren in a whole class ap­proach or us­ing one to one in­ter­ven­tion. In­spire al­ready has two ac­cred­ited train­ers but as the de­mand grows, so does the need for more staff mem­bers to be­come ac­cred­ited and trained in this ap­proach. With an ad­di­tional pro­fes­sional be­com­ing ac­cred­ited, more teach­ers and ed­u­ca­tors will be reached to share this knowl­edge and help chil­dren.

“Nu­mi­con pro­vides vis­ual and struc­tured im­agery that chil­dren with such dif­fi­cul­ties un­der­stand bet­ter, faster and eas­ier,” ex­plained Ms. Rosette Gatt, Nu­mi­con Trainer at The In­spire Foun­da­tion. “All chil­dren ben­e­fit from the Nu­mi­con ap­proach but those who find num­bers and the num­ber sys­tem ab­stract, will ben­e­fit even more be­cause of its vis­ual and struc­tured im­agery. Ac­tiv­i­ties have been de­vel­oped from direct ex­pe­ri­ences with chil­dren mak­ing the teach­ing ap­proach more ap­peal­ing to the chil­dren’s strengths and less re­li­able on their au­di­tory ca­pac­i­ties. This is done through mul­ti­sen­sory ac­tiv­i­ties us­ing pat­terned shapes, rods, num­ber lines, and a broad range of ev­ery­day ex­pe­ri­ences and con­texts. Feel­ing, see­ing, think­ing, speak­ing, read­ing, and writ­ing all come to­gether.”

The Far­sons Foun­da­tion will be fund­ing the train­ing for an­other staff mem­ber from In­spire to be­come a cer­ti­fied Nu­mi­con Trainer by Ox­ford Univer­sity Press (OUP). This will en­sure high qual­ity train­ing that is later de­liv­ered to pro­fes­sion­als and par­ents which will en­able them to help chil­dren reach their po­ten­tial. “Teach­ers who at­tend Nu­mi­con work­shops have a much higher mul­ti­plier ef­fect as they are then able to share their knowl­edge with their en­tire class. At the mo­ment more than 500 chil­dren are ben­e­fit­ting from this mul­ti­sen­sory pro­gramme that is be­ing used as a whole class ap­proach in their schools,” added Ms. Gatt.

The Far­sons Group has al­ways recog­nised its cor­po­rate re­spon­si­bil­ity to­wards all stake­hold­ers and the wider com­mu­nity, hav­ing long sup­ported a num­ber of de­serv­ing ini­tia­tives and char­i­ta­ble causes. Through this ini­tia­tive The Far­sons Foun­da­tion is ad­dress­ing an ed­u­ca­tional ob­jec­tive within the con­text of so­cial sol­i­dar­ity.

The In­spire Foun­da­tion on the other hand works with chil­dren with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and dis­abil­i­ties who are fail­ing in their ed­u­ca­tion be­cause of lack of re­sources and op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn.

“In or­der to make things hap­pen for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, and in or­der to make them hap­pen fast, we need many peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions to work to­gether. Cor­po­ra­tions that em­brace the ben­e­fits of co­op­er­at­ing with one an­other, can help make this world a bet­ter place,” said In­spire CEO An­tonello Gauci.

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