The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately widened learning gaps for students who face barriers. In some cases, students are from one to four grades behind their peers in math knowledge. This creates a major hurdle that, if not overcomed, could impact their entire school education and life achievementс.
This project will provide an opportunity for 40 children at risk of dropping out of the education system to receive additional support in on of the key subjects - mathematics.
The project team will prepare the teachers and will provide teaching resources on JUMP Math for the "Summer Start Academy" for 40 students, divided into 3 groups by level according to their progress and need to catch up on material and skills. Each group will have one hour of math a day for three weeks.
With JUMP Math, they will build confidence that they can do math and advance.
Encouraged and guided by their teachers, the children will feel the superpower of mathematics and in the next school year will have something to tell and even surprise their classmates with innovative elements learned during the "Summer Start Academy".
There is evidence that JUMP Math helps students in Bulgaria to master mathematical concepts with confidence.
In 2016, the Institute for Progressive Education, the Market Links Agency and the New Bulgarian University conducted the first comparative study. More than 1,700 students in grades 1-4 participated in the study. The results showed that students in mathematics with JUMP Math perform better in mathematical competencies than traditionally trained students.