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Refugee child wins first place in mental mathematics competition in Malaysia

Syrian Refugees | 2018-03-29 03:36:53
Refugee child wins first place in mental mathematics competition in Malaysia
   Noor Laith Ibrahim (C)
(Zaman Al Wasl)- Syrian child Nour Laith Ibrahim won the first place in an international mental mathematics competition held in Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur, her mother told Zaman al-Wasl on Tuesday.

The 12-year-old girl was able to solve 235 questions in 8 minutes, according to her mother Rim al-Atiyyeh.

The contest relies on the mental abilities of the child without using the calculator at the speed of solving more than 200 complex mathematical questions, in no more than 8 minutes, equivalent to the speed of using the calculator more than 6 times.

In October 2012, Noor with her family left the neighborhood of al-Qusour in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor to Egypt where she joined Cairo International School and the IMA program, which aims to teach smart mental mathematics to develop children's mental and mathematical abilities to the maximum of creativity and excellence.

Nour was also awarded the first place in the field of mental mathematics at the competition held in Egypt in July 2017.

Then, she was able to solve 244 issues within 8 minutes to qualify for the January 2008 World Championships in Malaysia that hosted 3,000 smartest children from Europe, US, East Asia and North Africa.

Noor's mother says her daughter was very fond of mathematics and mental computations in a remarkable way since her first years.

When the girl, who hopes to be  an astronomer, came to Egypt, she searched for mental accounts programs to record them, and through her study she increased her concentration and speed in memorisation and learned to solve mathematical problems on her own away from the traditional methods, through the program Abacus counter that makes the level of intelligence with smart children four times faster than the normal child, the mother said.

(Reporting by Faris Rifai)

Zaman Al Wasl
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