Maths ge­nius re­alises dream of bet­ter school

Curro comes to the aid of boy whose fu­ture is des­tined for the skies

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Meta Mphahlele mphahlelema@sun­day­world.co.za

Maths whizz kid Sibahle Zwane has fi­nally se­cured an op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther his pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion at Curro Academy Protea Glen in 2019. The maths ge­nius’s tal­ent was recog­nised when videos of him work­ing out huge num­bers in his head as he made au­di­ences pay for get­ting the an­swers cor­rect, went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia.

The 10-year-old from Le­hae near Le­na­sia, south of Jo­han­nes­burg, be­came a me­dia dar­ling as he was feted by many mMe­dia plat­forms. The grade 4 learner at the Oli­fantsvlei Pri­mary School in Eiken­hof, also south of Joburg, was of­fered a bur­sary at the new Curro school that is open­ing next year where he will be do­ing grade 5.

This af­ter his sin­gle mother pleaded with the na­tion for a chance to give him a bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion. An early Christ­mas gift came af­ter Sibahle be­came an in­ter­net sen­sa­tion af­ter his videos were shared on so­cial me­dia by a po­lice of­fi­cer who recorded him.

Op­er­a­tional busi­ness man­ager for the merid­ian and academy school mod­els at Curro Hold­ings, Fer­gus Samp­son, said af­ter Sibahle’s videos went vi­ral, his in­cred­i­ble tal­ent caught their eye.

“Learn­ing of his mother’s dream to hope­fully se­cure him an in­de­pen­dent ed­u­ca­tion one day, meant of­fer­ing him an op­por­tu­nity to join the Curro fam­ily was not one to be missed.

“We be­lieve that a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion is the key to de­vel­op­ing fu­ture lead­ers and un­lock­ing South Africa’s po­ten­tial, and we’re very for­tu­nate to be able to have learn­ers like Sibahle join our school sys­tem where we can sup­port him in math­e­mat­ics and other sub­jects,” Samp­son said.

He said the bur­sary would last for the du­ra­tion of his pri­mary school phase, with the like­li­hood of Curro ex­tend­ing the bur­sary to cover his high school ed­u­ca­tion, de­pend­ing on how he pro­gresses. Like most bur­saries, the con­tin­ued sup­port by Curro will be based on his aca­demic out­put, re­viewed pe­ri­od­i­cally.

In a state­ment re­leased by Curro, the boy’s mother ex­pressed her ex­cite­ment, say­ing she was over­whelmed by the ges­ture. “Curro have been so pro­fes­sional and they came to see us at our home. I’m look­ing for­ward to my son start­ing a new life at his new school ... and he is ex­cited too.”

She said her son would be able to achieve his dream of be­com­ing a pilot one day. Mbali has also been of­fered a job at the school. She said the job would also help her re­alise her own dream to go back to school.

“I want to re­write my matric and it will al­low me to be in­de­pen­dent,” she said.

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Sibahle Zwane, 10, wants to be­come a pilot

Sibahle Zwane and his mother Mbali.

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