About Us

Mathematics For A Lifetime is an award-winning charitable trust which strives to expand the availability of maths knowledge 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 across all of New Zealand, increasing their choices which means  creating lifelong opportunities for their futures.

 Teachers are challenged daily with class sizes and curriculum pressures. Anxiety and difficulties with maths are very real for so many students which means they are directly affected on their learning journey. My dream is that we can use exciting initiatives to make a huge difference to kiwi kids using mathematics as the tool.

 I believe in communities coming together to help our children and young people from all types of diverse backgrounds.  

By collaborating we can achieve this - together we are stronger to create a positive change for kiwi kids.

 ‘Transforming lives’

The MFAL board

Read more about the team behind MFAL.

Our work


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