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SIP Academy conducts Abacus, Brain Gym and Mental Arithmetic competitions

Academy Sri Lanka conducted the 10th National ‘'SIP Prodigy 2014' Brain Gym and Mental Arithmetic Competition at St. Joseph’s College Hall, Colombo recently.

Young participants at the competition

Over 770 children between five to 12 years from 22 SIP Learning Centres from Colombo, Gampola, Kathankudy, Badulla, Malwana, Kandy, Moneragala and Negombo participated in the event.

The first International Abacus, Brain Gym and Mental Arithmetic Competition was held in Colombo in December 2007.

“Students were tested on their concentration, confidence, intelligence, speed and accuracy."

It is heartening to see the competitive spirit among the children and their self-confidence which is essential for life,” Rishard Raheem Country Manager, SIP Academy Sri Lanka said during his welcome address.

The guest speaker Inthikab Zufer said it was encouraging to see such a large number of children participating since the development in the world are moving very fast and we must be prepared to think better. Ms. Daphnie Wong , Certified Brain Gym Instructor (USA) and Brain Gym Consultant said she was happy to be a part of the competition and also explained the benefit of the Brain Gym exercise. Kelvin Tham, founder of SIP Academy and Sanjeev Menon, Head of Program Delivery also graced the occasion.

The program is designed for children of ages five to 15 yrs which improves their learning skills.

SIP Abacus and Brain Gym

This is a system of education that optimises the potential of the child’s brain. Abacus is an ancient tool used for calculation. Scientific research has proved that the use of Abacus stimulates the nerves in the fingers and sends message through the neurons.

The continuous process of information transfer energises the brain. Course Instructors undergo intensive training and are upgraded for newer methods. The focus is on the whole brain development and not on arithmetic skills. This course is for children in the age group of seven-12 years.


Winners of the competition

- Improves accuracy and speed of computing skill.
- Improves logical reasoning.
- Develops the kinesthetic-auditory and visual skills.
- Increases sense of observation and builds stronger visual memory.
- Enhances imaging or photographic memory.

- Raises the level and speed of understanding (comprehension).
- Sharpens sound judgment and promotes endurance (longer concentration).
- Inculcates fun in learning and reduces stress.
- Creates higher learning capability and self-confidence.
- Hones listening skills.

Text and pix: Ruzaik Farook

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