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Jakarta Post

Papuan children show-off their math skills

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Wed, September 16 2009   /  02:19 pm

Demira and Merlin, both third-grade students and foster children of renowned physicist Prof. Yohanes Surya, stunned an audience at a seminar in Jayapura, Papua, by solving complex math problems in their heads without any assistance. The one-day World Vision Indonesia (WVI) seminar was held Monday in celebration of the 30th anniversary of WVI in Papua. Those attending were amazed by the mathematical feats of the two children, both aged nine, who came from a remote area in the Tolikara regency in Papua. The children, along with three others from remote locations, are currently participating in an 18-month education program at the Surya Institute in Tangerang, Banten, with a focus on mathematics. Surya claimed the two children were unable to count before the started the program, but had now developed a passion for maths. "Parents often regard mathematics as a diffi...