Welcome to Women’s Month!
August is also the birthday month of one of our directors, Quinnette Brits.
Herewith a little news to make your day!
Bright kids shine at Maths competition
If Eskom was using bright kids to power lightbulbs all over the city, we’d probably never have load shedding!
Abacus Maths recently held its annual competition to determine who the top wunderkind is when it comes to using the abacus. Kids from all over Johannesburg came to attend the competition, which pitted students of the abacus against each other in a friendly sparring match. Learners from different age categories, all adept at using the abacus, used their brain power to compute complex Maths calculations.
The last girls and boys left standing will compete in the annual international competition, to take place on 30 September this year, which is being hosted by South Africa. The event is to be held near OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
The kiddies all had a blast at the regional champs held in Jo’burg recently. Keep an eye and ear out for updates on the international competition, also in Jozi, on 30 September.
Our wonderful Roodepoort team, with all the fabulous ladies who make up such an important part of what we do at Abacus Maths. Oh, and two amazing gents– maljanne onder die henne, LOL! 😀
Say your domo arigato’s and konnichiwa’s! Japan here we come…
The best and brightest that our land in the sun has to offer will be winging their way to the land of the rising sun this week, as part of a contingent of local students who will be attending an international abacus training camp in Japan.
The abacus, the ancient counting device that predates the calculator by many thousands of years, is back in fashion as a powerful tool for growing the brain. Students who use it have become whizz kids at computing complex mathematical calculations in no time. The pick of the bunch are lucky enough to be attending the event in Japan, where the abacus is both celebrated and venerated as a simple and yet powerful device for turning students into geniuses – and not just in Maths.
“The abacus is actually an invention from the Middle East” says Quinnette Brits, one of the directors at Abacus Maths, an organisation which uses the abacus to grow children’s intelligence levels. “But after making its way to Japan from China in the 14th Century, the Japanese turned it into a super-tool for educating children on how to become Maths boffins. The Chinese got it from the Middle East via the famed Silk Road. Its use is commonplace in Japanese primary schools, and is very effective not just at making students goo at Maths, but also smart in other subjects. It explains why Japan is still at the forefront of innovations such as robotics, AR and VR,” she says.
Lucky learners, Jazlyn Ngwenya, Jean Claude Roux and Omphile Maeko, all from Abacus Maths, are among the kids who will be leaving on a jet plane for Tokyo this week. Even though it’s not Japanese, all we can say is, “Bon voyage!”
Sayonara! Abacus Maths directors, sisters and big-time pals Quinnette Brits (L) and Sharné Bresler (R) will be big in Japan as they learn more abacus skills to share with both highly valued franchisees and students back home.