The reputation of the National Number Partners scheme is spreading far and wide – even to Japan – where it has recently featured in a daily newspaper. Miyazaki Nichinichi Shimbun is published on the island of Kyushu. One of its journalists, Yurie Baba, had heard about the success of Number Partners and contacted Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership with a request to interview Primary Programme Manager, Becky Feetham, as part of a series of articles the paper has featured on child poverty in Japan. Becky said: “She came with a translator and asked lots about Number Partners and our other volunteer schemes too – how it works, how we recruit and train volunteers, how we grew the scheme to a national level. She also sought advice on how they could set it up in Japan.”
The article has now been published, and describes what Number Partners seeks to do and how it works for business volunteers. It also mentions the contribution the scheme makes to improved confidence and success with numeracy. We now wait to hear news of our first Number Partner scheme in the Land of the Rising Sun!
If you’ve recently started taking part in Number Partners, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how you’re getting on.