Bright Girl from Hebron Wins Prize

Eleven year old Dalia Hosni Al-Jabari has returned from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia where she competed with 2,500 children from all over the World and came second in the Intelligent Mental-Arithmetic International competition 2012. The prize itself is almost the size of Dalia and she is very proud when she tells us that she after the competition was given the honour to meet the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas who congratulated her.

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Dalia is visualising an abacus when she is calculating the answer.

Eleven year old Dalia Hosni Al-Jabari has returned from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia where she competed with 2,500 children from all over the World and came second in the Intelligent Mental-Arithmetic International competition 2012. The prize itself is almost the size of Dalia and she is very proud when she tells us that she after the competition was given the honour to meet the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas who congratulated her.

 Every day after school Dalia is practising this special form of Mathematics, which could be described as a way to develop both sides of the brain while using the hands and the mind at the same time.

 Dalia is eager to demonstrate the method and in a few seconds she is adding and subtracting a great number of figures, at the same time as her hands are snapping in the air. She is visualising the figures like different coloured beads on an abacus and she is “moving” the beads with her fingers while she is calculating the answer. And she does it very fast. In Kula Lumpur she calculated 157 correct answers in eight minutes.

— It is fun and I don’t mind spending several hours every day practising she says. Dalia likes going to school, science is her favourite subject and she is dreaming about becoming a doctor when she grows up.

—I am very impressed with her skills, says Per Elvestuen, Deputy Head of Research Analysis and Information at TIPH. It is amazing to see how she is doing her calculations and it is very admirable and rewarding to become second in a worldwide international competition.

 Dr.Ammar Al zatari is managing “Life skills Centre & Academy for Human Development”, where Dalia is practising and developing her skills, and he is teaching one hundred children between 5 and 12 years the skills of Mental-Arithmetic. He is proud of his students and he is convinced that this special form of mathematic is developing the brain in a positive way – and all you need is a pen, a piece of paper and a lot of practise.

 16 January 2013

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Dr.Ammar Al zatari together with Dalia and Per Elvestuen from TIPH

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In eight minutes Dalia calculated 157 answers.

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Dalia with her prize.

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Children from all over the World participated in the competition.