National Numeracy Day (UK)
National Numeracy Day (UK) is observed next on Wednesday, May 15th, 2024 (160 days from today).
Many of us may think that we are not people of numbers. But whether we like it or not, numbers play an important role in our lives. National Numeracy Day is about recognizing the importance of numbers and math, and encouraging people to work on their skills and build their confidence with numbers. Being smarter with numbers isn't a special talent; it's something we can all learn from!
What is National Numeracy Day?
National Math Day is celebrated every year in the UK since it was founded by National Numeracy in 2018. It is a specific day to focus on what the charity does year-round - take note of most of the numbers that play an important role in our lives. People are encouraged to try and build confidence in their math skills, even if they are not mathematically inclined. This day is celebrated to try and show that you don't have to be super smart to love math, everyone can learn how to get better with numbers.
National Numeracy Day UK always tries to make highlight all numbers that are used in our lives. This can include sports people watch, books people read, and in stores when money is spent.
History of National Numeracy Day (UK)
The purpose of National Numeracy Day is to celebrate numbers and how we use them in our daily lives. National Numeracy Day is designed to encourage people to feel curious about numbers, discover how they can benefit them in daily life and give them the confidence to grow and improve his calculation skills.
National Numeracy Day brings together individuals, employers, educators and advocates from across the UK, helping people improve their own digital skills as well as those of their children, colleagues or students. The first National Numeracy Day took place on May 16th, 2018 and that day was a great success. More than 25,000 people of all ages have joined and begun their journey to improve their computing power.
Why is National Numeracy Day important?
Mathematics is an interesting aspect in our daily lives. We use it at school, at work, and in practical activities at home and in the wider society. Whether we're paying for bus tickets, calculating taxes, planning a vacation, or thinking about buying a mortgage, the math is always relevant.
Because computing is intrinsically tied to our daily lives, there is strong evidence that poor digital skills can contribute to poor outcomes, such as earning a lower income, unemployment and debt. Even the state of our physical and mental health can be linked to our proficiency with numbers.
Here are some stats about numeracy:
- Approximately half of people being at work have the numeracy skill as a young child.
- It is demonstrated that having excellent numeracy skill can help people to prevent from money problems
- Poor numeracy skill not only affects the daily life in particular but also the economy in general.
While this may seem a bit sad, the good news is that calculus is a skill that can be learned by anyone, and so even though you may feel like you lack digital skills right now, you always have can do that. However you feel about math, there are online exercises, tests and things you can do about it, and National Numeracy Day is here to help.
The benefits of brushing up on numeracy
Just because you're progressing as you are, doesn't mean you can't benefit from honing your math skills. Calculating numbers can help you with a variety of tasks, from helping you get the best deals at the supermarket, to making sure you don't get scammed by a loan provider.
Even at home, simple fractions or conversion lessons can help you cook from cup-to-gram international recipes and learn to do basic addition, subtraction, and division with just a pen and paper or even better in your head can help you sometimes when you don't have a portable computer.
In the workplace, better math skills can help improve your accuracy and productivity, and if you're a parent of kids at school honing your skills will prepare you more to help them with their homework.
The reason of being raise awareness of numeracy
Numeracy is a very important skill that, as we said, you need to be able to use to achieve in life. Because calculus is so important, we need to make sure everyone has a good understanding of basic math skills.
Poor computing skills not only affect individuals, but can also affect those around them. If parents are not confident in their math skills, they won't be able to teach or help their child. However, it is important to never judge or insult anyone's computing skills. If someone is not confident in their ability to calculate it is important for them to feel safe and be able to show it. They can then help improve their skills without feeling embarrassed.
Some ways to improve my numeracy skills
- Numeracy skills apps and brain training: There are some great apps out there to help you improve your math skills. Brain training apps are also interesting because they can help your brain work in different ways to solve puzzles. These apps are extremely great for us in the free time.
- Videos: You can use videos on popular streaming sites to improve your math skills. There are thousands of videos, for all skill levels, that can help expand your math knowledge.
How to celebrate National Numeracy Day
National Numeracy Day is all about celebrating numbers and encouraging everyone to improve their number skills, whatever their current level may be. There is no doubt that numbers play an important role in our lives and National Numeracy Day is about realizing this and helping people hone their skills and build confidence.
Everyone can participate in National Numeracy Day. Whether you are school, work, family or individual, no one is left out. There are a number of things you can do to celebrate National Numeracy Day, including taking part in the National Numeracy Challenge, trying out some trivia or number puzzles, and signing up. Get yourself a free math course. At work and at school, National Numeracy Day is the perfect opportunity to focus on honing key number skills, and at home, it's an opportunity to have fun with numbers.
Why is Amazon supporting National Numeracy Day?
Research from National Numeracy highlights the urgent need to reframe our approach to math nationally. The charity found that a lack of access to the numbers affects lives and livelihoods, contributing to widespread problems from unemployment to poor health and debt - making the UK economy worse. The UK loses a staggering £20 billion a year.
This not only poses problems for employers and those in the workplace, but also affects society at large. National Numeracy found that students who started middle school with very low math skills were more likely to be eliminated. Those with poor math skills are twice as likely to be unemployed.
Amazon is committed to helping young people develop real skill sets so they can shape exciting futures. To make this happen, we've created a variety of initiatives that are open to everyone, regardless of their age or background.
Amazon Future Engineer is a comprehensive childhood-to-career program that provides children and youth with opportunities to engage in STEM-related activities, training, and apprenticeships. The program is designed to inspire, educate and equip individuals with the tools they need to become the inventors, innovators, and engineers of the future. The recently expanded Amazon Future Engineer affiliate program also helps create more opportunities for women to study STEM subjects in higher education.
ObservedNational Numeracy Day (UK) has been observed Wednesday of the second full week in May.
Wednesday, May 11th, 2022
Wednesday, May 17th, 2023
Wednesday, May 15th, 2024
Wednesday, May 14th, 2025
Wednesday, May 13th, 2026
National Numeracy on March 14th, 2018