Iranian children win title at international abacus contest

January 1, 2019 - 21:14

TEHRAN – Iranian team consisting of 35 talented children have ranked first in different categories of the 18th Pan Pacific Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Association Global Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Championships held in Malaysia on Sunday.

Over 765 children from 24 countries participated in the event.
Out of 35 Iranian girls and boys, 28 won the title as the “champion”, two children got title as the “champion of champions”, and four others were ranked as the “first winner”, Fars news agency reported on Monday.
Children categorized in 5 different age groups, including age 5-7 as group A, 8-9 group B, 10-11 group C, 12-14 group D and 15 or older in group E, annually attend the contest solving multiple math equations, including division, multiplication, square root, cube root, fractions, time, etc.
In group A, one managed to win the title as the champion of champions, 7 won the title as the champion and 2 became the first winners. In group B, one Iranian child was named as the champion of champions, 9 were crowned as champions and one became first winners. In group C, 9 became champions and also in group D, 3 were named as champions. And in group E, one became the first winner. 
Different countries, including, Taiwan, Thailand, Canada, Hong Kong, the United States, South Africa, Vietnam, South Korea, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Australia, India, Russia, China, Kazakhstan, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Egypt, Tajikistan, and Yemen attended the international competition.
The championship, organized by a non-profit organization established in 1999, is an example of what can be achieved with early intervention in abacus math and mental arithmetic education. The purpose of the competition is to allow for the observation of mental arithmetic skills from all countries, to promote abacus and mental arithmetic education, and to improve friendships among participants from around the world.
Thailand will host the next year’s edition of the event.

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