SIP Academy Pvt. Limited organised ‘SIP Prodigy,’ the sixth National Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Competition, at the St. Joseph’s College Auditorium, Colombo recently and Grand Pass Centre became a champion at the competition.
More than 700 children in the age group between 6 to 12 years participated in the contest from Colombo, Kandy, Badulla, Bandarawela, Gampola, Puttalam, Batticaloa and Akurana.
Prof. Tissa Vithrana, Minster for Technology and Research was the Chief Guest for the event. Speaking at the occasion the Minister expressed his satisfaction on the mental abilities of the children and was much impressed by the demonstrations by SIP children.
He complimented the SIP Academy for launching this programme for the benefit of the children of Sri Lanka and the parents for admitting their children to this programme. The Guests of Honour were Hassim Omar, Director of ITN and Lion Tilak Perera, District Governor 306 C2.
Founder Director SIP Malaysia Kelvin Tham said that children of Sri Lanka were indeed blessed to be able to have such a programme at their doorstep. He added that SIP children had won international accolades various competitions in the world. He thanked the parents for their support and urged the children to practice regularly.
Dinesh Victor, the Managing Director of SIP Academy Lanka, said that programme had done very well in Sri Lanka since its launch six years ago. The Abacus programme has been scientifically proven to develop the child’s mental abilities. However, these benefits are available only when the children stay in programme for a few levels. Children need to be motivated and events like these significantly motivate them.
The competition – Level 1 to Level 8 – tested the concentration, confidence, speed and accuracy of the participants. The ideal age to start this programme is around seven years. Internationally this programme runs in Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Phillipines, UAE, South Africa, USA, Canada and India.