What is Abacus?
Answer : The Abacus is known as "the earliest calculating machine in the world". The word abacus is originated from the Greek "Abax" which means counting board and the original type of Abacus were stone slates with dust covering them and a stylus [engraving] used for making numbers. Later, it finally designed as a framed device with beads sliding along the rods as shown below.
Who invented the Abacus?
Answer : It is exactly not known who or which country invented the Abacus but what we are using today is called as modified Japan Abacus. Below is the story available related to the development of Abacus.

In the golden old days, an Abacus - related calculation system is assumed to have been in the form     of a board covered with dust or fine sand. In that board the sand was divided into lines, each one representing a     different numerical position. Numbers and quantities were calculated by means of various signs drawn along the lines.

2. LINE ABACUS : A ruled board on which pebbles or counters ( beads ) were placed on lines somewhat like checkers     on a backgammon board, which is the advanced one from the dust Abacus. It is widely used in Egypt, Rome, Greece,     and India. A famous example of the line Abacus is preserved at the Athens  Museum. It consists of a white marble     board with lines drawn on it.

3. GROOVED ABACUS : The Romans made use of a more advanced design, in addition to the line Abacus. Grooves     were carved into the board along which beads were moved up and down. One bead was laid in   each of the upper     grooves, while four in each of the lower grooves.

4. CHINESE ABACUS : This Abacus is very similar to that of Roman grooved Abacus both in construction and in the     method of calculation. It may well be assumed that the Roman grooved Abacus was introduced to China about 1700     years ago. After some period of time, the grooved Abacus had been modified, which had two beads above the bar and     five below. This type of Abacus is still being used in China these days.

5. PRESENT ABACUS : In the fifteenth century, the Chinese Abacus and its operational technique were introduced to     Japan. The Chinese Abacus was improved into a smaller - sized one, with one five - unit bead and four one – unit bead     on each rod is the standard nowadays.
Is Abacus meant for Arithmetic calculation only?
Answer : No. Though , the general opinion on Abacus by the parents is that the Abacus course is meant for mathematics, it is not 100% correct. It focuses on mainly to orientate or balance equally the left and right side of the brain. Its popularly called as Whole Brain Development program.

GEFMAT Abacus develops intelligence and improves child's memory keeping the four C's. i.e. Calculate, Concentrate, Creativity and Confidence. Hence making the child genius in arithmetic.
What is the difference between Computer or Calculator and Abacus?
Answer :One should feed (input) the numbers and the operators (+, -, x or ÷) into the computer or calculator. It will give the answer (output) after computing (process) the numbers with the operators. In Abacus, the children converts the given number into imaginary beads (input) then gives the answer (output) immediately after manipulating (process) the imaginary beads.
Is Abacus helpful in our regular system?
Answer : Certainly. Through Abacus, the students can themselves evaluate and check the solutions or answers whether they are right. As Abacus not concentrating on the steps involved in finding the solutions. Students can take the advantage of selection of the choices.
What is Speed writing?
Answer : Speed writing is a technique which makes the children to develop the speed, to know the importance of the time and also to improve the external vision to see at a wider angle. i.e. it helps to capture and retain the information by visually recognizing the group of words or things rather than one at a time. GEFMAT Abacus in its course book has incorporated this speed writing exercises for our children which makes them unique.
What are all the courses offered and how long will it take to complete the course?
Answer : GEFMAT conducts Abacus as a regular course with a six months Pre level course as pre requisite.

a) GEFMAT ABACUS (Pre Level course) – Children with a min. of 5 years old can join this course and it takes 6 months      to complete.

b) GEFMAT ABACUS (Regular course) – Children with 6 years of age can join this course. The duration of the course is      27 months.
Why GEFMAT Abacus?
Answer : Following are the benefits of GEFMAT ABACUS

Highly Capturing Frequency
Quick Logical Thinking
Lightening Synchronizing Capacity
Accurate Imagination Skill
Speed and Accuracy
Quality of Performance
Right Side Brain Development
Self Confidence
Memory Power
Listening Power
Mental calculation
Greater Mental Capacity
Who can study?
Answer : Children between the age from 5 to 12 can study Abacus. As the brain cells are very active and well connected at this time, this is the best age to start learning Abacus.
Will the Abacus course be difficult for the child?
Answer : In general, Abacus course is not a difficult one to learn. GEFMAT Abacus with books presented in simple English language and by adapting play way method of teaching makes Abacus learning easier. In addition GEFMAT also explains it in the local language and introduction talk on the subject in detail to the parents too.
Does the children needs help from their parents?
Answer : GEFMAT ABACUS believes in four way communication among Students, Instructors, Parents and the GEFMAT itself for the best results.

GEFMAT requests the parents to motivate their child to complete their homework in accordance with the Abacus system. They also need to ensure and to give the right feedback regarding their improvement as parents they play an important role in all the walks of their life. Approximately not less than 20 minutes per day with their child will definitely gives tremendous results.