Mathematics For A Lifetime is an award-winning charitable trust which strives to expand the availability of professional maths tutoring to children and youth who need it most, but may be least able to afford it.
When individuals do better, communities do too.
The essential skills of reasoning and problem solving learned in maths class are transferable to almost every area of our lives, no matter which career path we may follow. An improved understanding of maths equals better grades, a better chance of acceptance to tertiary education or a vocational course, a better job and even better management of personal finances as adults. When individuals do better, communities do too.
Learning maths is like building a house - if your foundation isn’t strong, there’s little chance of the rest of your work turning out well. When young people don’t have the foundation solidly in place they may struggle, experiencing anxiety or embarrassment which can lead to avoidance and even depression. Tutoring helps to reinforce the foundation, resulting in better performance, increased confidence and
Meet Our Board Members
Chairperson and Founder
My vision is to advance mathematics education for children and young people within New
Zealand, creating lifelong opportunities and increasing their choices, for a brighter future.
Teachers are challenged daily with class sizes and curriculum pressures. Anxiety and difficulties with maths are very real for so many students and tutoring can make a huge difference. I believe in communities coming together to help our children and young people and, through the work of Mathematics For A Lifetime, we can achieve this.
I am a mother of 3 children and have seen firsthand how having a better understanding of maths has created confidence, not only in school but in life. There are many children who struggle with maths and, together, I believe we can support our next generation to achieve great goals.
I believe education is fundamental for supporting future career options with mathematics an integral part of all careers.
I am personally saddened to see students limiting their future by thinking they "can't do maths" because they don't understand some basic concepts. I am excited at the opportunity of providing students with additional resources that can potentially enable them to overcome barriers and reach their full potential.
Jay Ballantyne Board Member
I am passionate about helping to break down the barriers that prevent young kiwis from achieving their full potential in life.
By teaching kids the skills required to succeed and grow, they gain self-confidence that can be applied to many areas in life.
There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the changes that it can make in their lives and the role it plays in building communities. The flow-on effects are enormous.
Mathematics is such an integral part of all of our lives. Helping children and young adults improve their maths skills builds their confidence not only in maths but in other areas of learning and life in general. It also means they can consider a wider range of career options and opportunities. I am excited to be part of the Mathematics for a Lifetime Charitable Trust and to help children and their families’ access learning resources that they otherwise may not be able to.
“Investing in knowledge pays the best interest” - Benjamin Franklin.
Lesley Ashman, Mathz+
"So many parents tell me that our tutoring makes such a positive difference to their child’s attitude to all learning and to life. Confidence leads to success."
Garry Rose, mathZwise Manawatu
"As a tutor, you find personally and professionally there is a deep level of satisfaction watching a child grow in confidence and ability because they have been able to access tutoring."
“When children help each other and numbers start to become fun, kids open up to learning Mathematics. Mathematical problems suddenly make sense and become manageable.”
I love passing on what I know and seeing the reaction of my students as they gain knowledge. I believe MFAL is a way of reaching out to kids who would otherwise not have the opportunity.
My experience has taught me that all students, no matter their mathematical ability, receive immense benefit from one-to-one (or two-to-one) mathematics tutoring. This is why I am proud to work with Mathematics for a Lifetime.