Abacus teaching method becomes necessary because competition is no longer local — Egbokhare

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[Abuja]–Professor Egbokhare from the University of Ibadan has reiterated the need for the introduction of Abacus teaching method in Nigerian schools because competition and education are no longer local.

The university don made this statement during the formal launching and presentation of the  Sociable Intellectual and Progressive,SIP Abacus and Brain Gym in Abuja.

According to the professor, who is also the guest lecturer, the process of globalisation skills are more important that possession of natural resources, stressing that it is no excuse that you cannot fit into the international scene because you are a Nigerian since the tools are available.

He said because competition and education are no longer local, Nigerians are partnering with Malaysia to replicate the Abacus teaching method of the same standard in the country.

The founder of SIP Worldwide, Mr. Kelvin Than also noted that being a Sociable Intellectual and Progressive (SIP) way of aiding learning, Abacus has been used to coach 500,000 kids between five and twelve since 1993 in India, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Tanzania, South Africa and other countries.

The chairperson Educraft, SIP Academy, Mrs. Omolara Omontuenmhen, who got the franchise to replicate the method in Nigeria, explained to journalists that Abacus is brought from Malaysia to teach Mathematics in a fun way.

Abacus, she said, “takes the children through how to understand the basic things (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) within the shortest period.

“And then when they get to Primary School we teach them how to cram. We teach them ten times twelve and when they get to twelve times twelve that is the end because they cannot go further and that is when Abacus starts. This is because Abacus will tell you 50 times 55, you have to understand how to get it within one minute.”

She noted that since most parents know that children that lack the Abacus learning skill find it difficult to cope or fit in when they play globally, they now opt for Abacus for their children.

According to her, those that studied Sciences here without Abacus find it difficult at the international schools owing to the method of learning in Nigeria. This has always put the wards under pressure to catch up with their colleagues from other nations.

Omontuenmhen said that: “this is a Programme we have brought from Malaysia to aid our children in schools, especially at the elementary stage when they bring Abacus to teach them Arithmetic and how to add, subtract, divide, multiply and in a fun way.

“This is because in schools these days, children have a phobia for Maths. Why?  It is probably because of the way Mathematics is being introduced. But we need to start in the Arithmetic way in a way that it is fun.

“A lot of schools these days claim to be doing Montessori but they do a great job especially at the nursery level but there is no continuity. They drop the idea of Montessori when they get to secondary schools.

“But this is the continuation of Montessori which people adopt at the formation stage which is from five years to twelves years.”

On brain gym, she said a child needs to know how to put an analytical process down in a domestic way.

The gym, she said, prepares the child for learning as it helps in the coordination of the child to be able to receive learning.

The Malaysia High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Datsun Lim in his own address said Abacus has arrived Nigeria to introduce Mathematics to students.

The envoy explained that the brain gym is like motivational group activity to arouse the interest of children in learning.

He said that “as you know, when we were young, sometimes going to school sometimes may not be a very good experience. When it comes to subjects, I think mathematics is something that a lot of people are afraid of,  Abacus is one of the ways to introduce mathematics to children. The introduction of Abacus to Nigeria is new to Abuja but not in Nigeria”.




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