Academic turns to Scripture to Promote Mathematics
Mathematics champion and School of Accounting, Economics and Finance academic Dr Msizi Mkhize recently gave a “sermon” at the St Augustine’s Anglican Church in Umlazi Township.
He was invited as the guest speaker by Graduate School of Business and Leadership academic, Dr Njabulo Khumalo who is also the church’s Chairperson of the Education Committee. The Thanksgiving ceremony is held annually during August/September to celebrate success achieved by church members and to collect funds which are put into its Bursary Fund to assist church members who wish to further their studies. Dr Mkhize also used the opportunity to motivate children and parents about the importance of education.
Mkhize’s sermon was about encouraging children to see mathematics as a fun and easy subject. He referenced scriptures from the bible as examples and also urged parents and the whole congregation to support children when it comes to schoolwork and career guidance.
‘Let us support our children when it comes to education. Unbelievers do well at school while the ones who do believe turn around and do bad things which results in the parents saying the child is misbehaving. It is important to not only focus on religion, but we must have academic support classes here in the church so that the child can excel in both religion and education,’ said Mkhize. He also warned parents not to talk negatively about maths because by doing that they pass on the anxiety to their children.
The ceremony also celebrated church members who have recently graduated and Dr Mkhize urged them to “adopt” a child in the church to mentor them, emphasising the importance of a role model in a child’s life.
He closed his sermon by remembering his late father’s words who said: ‘If you learn more, you earn more but if you study less, you will earn less.’
Words by: Reatlehile Moeti