Hundreds of children took part in the ALOHA National Mental Arithmetic Competition held at Ipoh Parade on Sunday. The competition was opened to children of ALOHA, which stands for Advanced Learning of Higher Arithmetic, both current and those who have already graduated.

National Mental Arithmetic Competition

1. National Mental Arithmetic Competition

Each contestant only had five minutes to complete a set of questionnaire, which consisted of up to 70 questions, depending on the individual’s completed level. Although they were allowed to bring along their own abacus, they were encouraged to use their “imaginative” abacus instead.

National Mental Arithmetic Competition

2. contestants waiting for the competition to begin

Besides this national-level competition, there was also a free seminar on the topic “Parents’ Role in Children’s Learning Without Stress” by Dr. Kok and a complimentary Abacus Learning Workshop by MAMAA (Malaysia Abacus & Mental Arithmetic Association) later in the day, after the competition wrapped up.

National Mental Arithmetic Competition

3. unveiling of the questionnaires

ALOHA was founded by Loh Mun Sung in 1993 who adapted and developed the method from China and Taiwan for the purpose of introducing it to children of Malaysia. Today, there are 4000 centres in the country, and is taught worldwide.

National Mental Arithmetic Competition

4. and the competition begins

Event: ALOHA National Mental Arithmetic Competition 2014
Venue: Ipoh Parade, Ipoh
Date: 30th Nov, 2014
Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm

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