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
improved self-belief.

Our Leadership Team

Jean McKenzie
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.

The MFAL board

Read more about the team behind MFAL.

Our work

100% of donations go directly to help kids

Due to overheads being covered by a generous sponsor, 100% of all donations go directly towards the cost of tuition for kids who need it.


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