MATHS is suffering from an image problem.
But a national numeracy challenge is seeking to change that by getting youngsters involved in easy and fun activities.
The challenge was launched at an opportunities fair at Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday.
Portsmouth City Council and the University of Portsmouth have joined forces for the challenge.
University department of psychology head Dr Sherria Hoskins, pictured, said: ‘Numeracy skills are vital in our everyday life and we use them more than we think.
‘This initiative aims to challenge and change attitudes to numeracy and to help raise numeracy levels across the city.
‘Parents can make a big difference to their children’s maths attainment simply by having a positive approach to maths achievement.’
The challenge aims to cut the number of adults in the UK with low numeracy by more than one million over the next five years.