323 Iranian children compete in abacus, mental arithmetic contest

August 4, 2018 - 8:59

TEHRAN – The 6th national abacus and mental arithmetic contest for children was held in Tehran on Thursday, Mehr reported.

The event is organized by the Smart Kids institute annually on August 2 to select members of the Iranian team for attending the PAN PACIFIC Abacus & Mental Arithmetic Association (PAMA) Global Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Championships. Children from 7 to 13 years of age took part in the competition to solve some 7 mathematical test sheets using abacuses.

Some 173 girls and 150 boys from 23 provinces of the country participated in the event, while more than half of them solved the mathematics not using abacuses.

Iranian students comprising 11 students aged 5 to 12 years, ranked first among 300 students from 21 countries at the 17th PAMA Global Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Championships held on December 28 in Sandton, South Africa.

The 18th PAMA Global Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Championships will be held on December 28, 2018 in Malaysia. The championship 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.