Evolution of the UCMAS program
U C MAS was established.
The high levels of its methods and system were acknowledged by then, Malaysia Minister of Education, Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak.
UCMAS was appointed by the Education Ministry to train 300 lecturers and school teachers from the Teacher Training College so that the Abacus & Mental Arithmetic education can be implemented into the Malaysia school curriculum. And this subsequently contributed to the implementation of abacus & mental arithmetic training as part of school curriculum in year 2002.
By then, Deputy Minister of Education, Dato’ Hon Choon Kim, DSNS, recognized UCMAS programmes nurture the potential of students in their studies and careers; fully supports each measure taken by UCMAS to assist all levels of students to be successful; and, urged all quarters to contribute as well as assist unreservedly to ensure that UCMAS programme is executed in the best manner.
The fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad invited UCMAS students for demonstration of Abacus & Mental Arithmetic. From the appointment of a short 10 minutes, the Prime Minister gained so much interest and impressed that delayed the ending time to a total of 45 minute demonstration.
UCMAS is the first company in the education industry to achieve ISO 9001:2008 certification
UCMAS has been listed in The Malaysia Book of Records for the following records:
1) The Largest Mental Arithmetic Institution
2) The First Mental Arithmetic Institution to achieve ISO 9001:2001
3) The organizer of the Largest Mental Arithmetic Competition
UCMAS has been honoured in LIMCA Book of Records for The Organizer of the Largest Mental Arithmetic Competition in the World.
UCMAS has signed up an agreement to implement its system into the Sudan school curriculum worth USD 176 million with the Sudan Education Ministry. After 9 months of implementation in the school, UCMAS became a hot topic for many researches.
There were two main researches made –
“The increase of intelligence in Sudan 1964 – 2006” by Omar Khaleefa (University of Khartoum, Sudan), S.B. Abdelwahid (Omdurman Islamic University, Sudan), F. Abdulradi (Dongola University, Sudan), Richard Lynn (University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland); and,
“Effects of abacus training on the intelligence of Sudanese children” by Paul Irwing (University of Manchester, Manchester, UK), Alya Hamza (University of Khartoum, Sudan), Omar Khaleefa (University of Khartoum, Sudan), Richard Lynn (University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland).
UCMAS has been granted permission to provide training for the visually and partially impaired children. This pilot project is authorized by the National Association of the Blind in The Victoria Memorial School for the Blind, Tardeo, Mumbai.
By introducing the use of abacus as a tool for a blind student, it is first of its kind in South Asia. The impairment interferes with optimal learning and achievement and can result in a substantial educational disadvantage, unless adaptations are made in the methods of presenting learning opportunities, the nature of the materials used and/or the learning environment. With the use of Abacus, mathematics has been made easy for children with visual impairment.
A person using an abacus properly is doing more thinking than those who only use a calculator. Blind children can use abacus like any other normal child, by hearing, sensing and moving the beads up and down. Despite being visually impaired, with the help of abacus, they are given the equal opportunity to have a better life.
UCMAS receiving a letter of support from the Prime Minister Y.A.B Dato’ Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi on it’s Abacus and Mental Arithmetic education programme.
UCMAS set up some pilot project in Botswana.
UCMAS has also implemented training to the visually impaired children in Jalan Batu Kuala Lumpur Blind School. Up-to-date, the result is positive.
UCMAS granted the approval from Ghana Education Service to extend its programme to the Public Basic Schools in the country.
UCMAS granted the approval from Ministry of Education of Saudi Arabia to implement the programme to the school in Jeddah.