Winning at maths competition

2016-08-30 06:00
Sarah Jacobs (second), Aastha Purohit (second), Maahi Purohit (first), Mandar Mude (second) and Mayank Mude with Husnah Sonday, Ucmas Plumstead manager (left back) and Judy Janse Van Rensburg, UCMAS Educational Group CEO (far right) pose for a photo after great achievements.

Sarah Jacobs (second), Aastha Purohit (second), Maahi Purohit (first), Mandar Mude (second) and Mayank Mude with Husnah Sonday, Ucmas Plumstead manager (left back) and Judy Janse Van Rensburg, UCMAS Educational Group CEO (far right) pose for a photo after great achievements.

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Five learners from UCMAS Plumstead represented Cape Town in the Annual UCMAS SA Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Competition, in Johannesburg, which was held on Saturday 20 August.

The learners are all aged between seven and 12. The competition was attended by learners from all over South Africa and some participants came from as far as Lesotho.

Local kids achieved an outstanding win of one first place and three second places, over two categories, making Cape Town proud.

Maahi Purohit (10) achieved first place, while Mandar Mude (12) and Aastha Purohit (7) achieved second place in their levels. They had to complete 200 sums in just eight minutes. In the Flash Card category, Sarah Jacobs achieved a second placing.

Husnah Sonday, UCMAS Plumstead manager, says their outstanding achievements are due to skills learned in the UCMAS program.

“UCMAS is a scientifically-proven brain development programme using mathematical calculations on an age-old tool, the Abacus. The programme, designed for children from four to 13 years, develops latent mental powers at a very early age when brain development is reaching its peak. Learners’ practise using the abacus and develop a mathematical ability to do accurate and speedy calculations. UCMAS offers the young learners an opportunity to advance their progress in concentration, memory, logical, analytical, visual abilities and skills,” she says.

A new record was set for Cape Town: qualifying for the entry into the Internationals at the 21st UCMAS Abacus and Mental Arithmetic International Competition, to be held in Dubai, in November of this year. Last year Mude represented Cape Town at the Internationals in India, where he achieved an outstanding second place out of 11 500 students competing worldwide.

V To find out more on this unique program visit their website on www.ucmas-sa.co.za or SMS Husnah at the Plumstead Branch in Cape Town on 084 241 7002.

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