Taroudant - Abdellah Ak-Houch, a young Spanish national of Moroccan origin won third place in the worldwide mental calculus championship held on December 5-6 in New Delhi, India.
Taroudant – Abdellah Ak-Houch, a young Spanish national of Moroccan origin won third place in the worldwide mental calculus championship held on December 5-6 in New Delhi, India.
The Moroccan young boy, the third fastest mental calculator in the world, competed with around 11,300 students from 56 countries, representing more than 6,000 schools worldwide, according to Spanish news agency EFE.
The young student had already gained a reputation as a fast calculator in the Canary Islands where he lives with his family.
According to the same source, the mental calculus genius earned the support of the autonomous government of the Canaries, which made it possible for Abdellah to travel to India.
Abdellah has been practicing mental arithmetic since 2013 with excellent results. He is the current Spanish regional and national champion of the Universal Mental Arithmetic System Calculation (UCMAS).
The talented Moroccan studies seventh grade at Vecindario school. According to Gran Canaria TV, Abdellah has become a brilliant student with an extraordinary memory and concentration capacity.
He is able to perform 200 arithmetic processes in only eight minutes using mental calculus, a method that was born in China based on the abacus system.
The ancient arithmetic method is used in 5,000 schools in 52 countries around the world, and it reportedly benefits nearly one million students worldwide.
According to several Spanish media reports, the Canary Islands has been implementing mental calculus in their education system for several years.
Ak-Houch is the third Canary resident to earn a winning spot in the calculus world championship.
In 2011, Marta Lisson Diaz, 8, earned the fifth spot in the competition, and in 2012, Nisha obtained the third sport.