Over 150 local boys and girls competed against some of the brightest maths brains in the world at the PAMA Global Abacus & Mental Arithmetic Championships which took place in Sandton on the 28th December 2017 and took some of the Champion positions in various age groups.
This, according to Marlene Mouton, Chairperson of the South African branch of PAMA and the driver of the A+ Students abacus education franchise method through its 620 teaching facilities around the country, is a break-through in a country that ranks 75th out of 76 countries in the OECD rankings and near the very bottom of many other international maths education rankings.
“Problems in maths are evident from early grades in primary school and are compounded as learners progress through school. After 5 years of school about half cannot work out that 24 divided by three is eight, says Marlene Mouton. Young children are not being taught basic mathematics methods – and at school are taught very long, inefficient methods to perform calculations with larger numbers.
International research shows that the younger children are exposed to primary maths methods, the better equipped they will be going into the formal school system. Early childhood development in maths is crucial to the healthy development of a child’s cognitive development.”
A+ Students is a Japanese method of education that teaches children as young as three years to solve complex arithmetic problems by playing with educational toys like the Soroban (Abacus) and the A+ Play Maths range of educational toys. A+ Students is powerful brain development, improves concentration and boosts self-confidence, intelligence and creates a love for Maths.
A+ Students, which recently joined FASA as a member, was started in 2005 by Marlene Mouton and currently have over 160 teaching venues and over 30 000 enrolments to date. The teaching-only franchise opportunity has now expanded into a retail store concept which incorporates custom built classrooms.