Mental Arithmetic
Programme for
Primary Schools, Preschools
Used at the Cambridge, IB, COBIS accredited and other International schools
The University of Manchester, 2008
The experimental group that received two hours of mental arithmetic training a week on average gained 7.11 IQ points, a 10.6% increase compared to the control group that didn't receive it.

We are Abakus Center

International Mental Arithmetic school for children aged 5 to 12 years old
We offer a Mental Arithmetic programme for schools and educational centers as an extracurricular activity and as a part of the school curriculum. Our students learn Mental Arithmetic in online and offline modes around the world.
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What is Mental Arithmetic?

Mental Arithmetic offers a proven means to developing a child's academic abilities and creative thinking skills in a balanced way.

The programme begins by teaching each child to use an abacus, an ancient tool that allows tactile interaction with mathematics. Once the abacus has been mastered, each child learns to do calculations in their head by forming a mental image of a number on the abacus. The result is each child is able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide even very large numbers mentally.
Peer-reviewed studies with control groups have shown that the Abakus program leads to improved academic results and increased performance in foreign languages.
How do children benefit from
Mental Arithmetic?
Abakus Mental Arithmetic Programme, involving mental calculations, stimulates both the right and the left hemispheres of the brain and helps children strengthen their visualization skills
Logical thinking
Mathematical thinking
Memory and critical thinking
Analytical skills
Creativity and confidence
How does it work at schools?
The Abakus Programme can be implemented in 2 ways:
Abakus Center prepares teachers and provides training every year.
We work closely with our schools, from programme design to the certification of a teacher with the professional development qualification to help them deliver courses on the best possible level.

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What's included in the School License?
Professional development and training for teachers
We provide comprehensive support to help teachers deliver our programmes and qualifications successfully in the classroom.

  • Comprehensive training for the programme leaders and teachers in each center or online
  • Detailed documentation to help design fit-for-purpose programmes, appropriate to needs and contexts
  • Learning resources for the candidates in the Guide for the qualification
  • Examiner feedback to highlight achievement and points of development for the future
  • Two-step certification for the candidate teachers to become a fully qualified Abakus Mental Arithmetic Coach
Resources and guides for the Abakus Programme
We have produced a series of resources to support the teaching and learning in your school for Primary School and EYFS students. They explore different aspects of educational practice, from designing a curriculum to improving the quality of classroom activity.
Marketing support
A wide range of marketing materials is available for schools including the brand book, posters, promotional materials as brochures and roll-ups, and many more.

To ensure the highest quality, Abakus provides certification for students and teachers for 10 levels of Mental Arithmetic.

Learning resources for kids

Abakus centers have access to a range of fun resources that ignite children's curiosity, enable structured development, and are aligned with the curriculum. Our materials are all designed in line with the latest research findings to help you build an enriching learning experience.
Abakus Coursebook
Mental Calculation book
Assessment book
They include:
Classic abacus
Access to the online platform (1 year)
Certification after completion
Online Platform
We created a versatile online platform where you can open access to your students and teachers and manage the groups in a few clicks. All the apps are designed to engage students to practice mental math more at home. Teachers easily can see the results of students and determine what to focus on in the class.
Abakus International Competitions
Abakus Center provides Annual International Competition for all Mental Arithmetic learners. We want to give students the opportunity to develop their passion for Math and to promote the attributes of an Abakus learner through collaboration and communication, promoting innovation and creativity.
  • 2016
    Seoul, South Korea
  • 2019
    Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2017
    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2020
    Cologne, Germany
  • 2018
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2020
  • 2019
    Warsaw, Poland
  • 2021
  • 2019
    Moscow, Russia
  • 2022
    London, UK
Due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, competitions are provided online for 2020/2021.
What parents say about us
Results from a survey of 900 parents of our students
Improvement in academic
Boost of creativity
Memory enhancement
Increased self-confidence
Studying the Effects of Mental Arithmetic on the intelligence of children
The University of Manchester

Research duration: 34 weeks
First published: 3 August 2008

Using a sample of 3185 children, this study investigated the effects of abacus training on intelligence, assessed using standard progressive matrices (SPM). The children were divided into two groups: one group received two hours of abacus training a week for 34 weeks, while the control group did not receive any training.
The two groups were retested at the end of the study period and, controlling for practice effects, the experimental group on average gained 7.11 IQ points, a 10.6% increase, and a statistically significant result. The children who had completed the training also performed much more quickly (+4.6%).

Dr. Paul lrwing (University of Manchester, Manchester, UK)
Dr. Richard Lynn (University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, UK)
Dr. Omar Khaleefa (University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan)
Dr. Alya Hamza (University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan)

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