Sixteen students from the Iranian southeastern Province of Hormuzgan ranked first and third in the Universal Concepts of Mental Arithmetic Systems (UCMAS) competitions held in Malaysia, an official said on Thursday.
UCMAS is an after-school mental arithmetic program for children aged between 4 and 12 years age, IRNA reported.
Director General of the Education Department in Hormuzgan Province Moussa Dadizadeh told reporters that 16 out of 117 Iranian students qualified to run the UCMAS test in Malaysia managed to win top titles.
UCMAS is not just about solving complex mathematical problems using mental arithmetic. It is about instilling and boosting confidence at that early stage in life.
Children start to realize that they can solve more complex problems easily, as compared to others in their age group and sometimes, much beyond their age group. It enables them to look at a mathematical problem in a different way and teaches them to look at all problems in a different way. Giving them the foundation they need to be successful.