Dr Rashmi Mantri BSc (Hons), MSc (Dist), PhD, Director
Computer Science, University of the West of Scotland
It was purely a coincidence and a destiny
I have achieved a PhD in Computer Science from the University of the West of Scotland and have worked in education for more than 15 years. My students call me Dr Rashmi.
I received an Exceptional Scholarship (double the normal Scholarship) from the University of the West of Scotland, which was available only for one student in the whole University. This Exceptional Scholarship was based on the Merit I achieved in my Masters studies in Computer Science from the same University.
Most of my life I worked as an Educator in various IT Corporates and Universities in Scotland. Education is my passion and I want to change the world through education.
My life’s journey and my move from teaching adults to teaching kids all revolves around my son, Dhruv Maheshwari.
One day I asked him a simple question, such as 35 minus 13, and he could not answer. Dhruv was in Primary 5 at that time, I was deeply depressed by the fact that he could not do this simple calculation is his head.
At this time I decided to teach him Maths using a very humble tool called the Abacus. Dhruv responded very well and picked up Abacus Mental Theory in just 6 days. He is now very pleased to be known as the “Human Calculator!” This name was given to him by an ITV show, Little Big Shots, on which he was invited to perform and show off his incredibly fast calculation speed.
We received a huge response from parents after we posted my Sons very first Abacus video on the social media. Many of the parents came rushing in “Teach my child please, is this real?”
I am from an IT background, initially, I taught it to Dhruv only. I was reluctant to start up my own institute of Abacus Maths. However, with the brilliant results achieved at school by Dhruv, the head teacher invited him to present his Math’s skills at the school assembly, I was just super astonished. My Son Dhruv insisted me to introduce Abacus Mental Arithmetic to other kids, so they can also benefit from this wonderful Math’s technique.
I had organised an open day purely at my sons request and received an excellent response from the parents and kids.
Recognising the gap in the primary education sector, my motive for this initiative was to genuinely help develop kids overall academic performance and the betterment of the community. However, with the positive results and due to high demand, it turned into an Educational Institution. That’s why It was purely a coincidence and a destiny. Learning Maths using the Abacus tool has also proven to be very effective for kids with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and ADHD which causes children to have difficulty understanding number-related concepts.
The Abacus is not only a useful tool for learning Maths, it also helps in developing IQ levels and ultimately results in overall brain development. Kids automatically start performing better in all subjects with their boosted confidence. This fact has been proven by research which was carried out at Chicago to test the cognitive abilities of Abacus-trained children vs. Non-Abacus trained children.
Mental Arithmetic also helps in logic building, which invaluably helped my boy’s logic building in Computer Programming.
Every time my boy used to play a game he used to rush to me and asked questions. How is this made? how does this work?, why is it that these move on their own?, can we edit or delete the code and change the functionality of the software by changing the code?
I replied yes, we can, and from that time I started teaching him the coding, and then with the knowledge that he gained, he made a game at the age of 10. Dhruv then went on to deliver YouTube video tutorials on Web Site Development, Games Development and Cyber Security for kids to learn from. Dhruv makes and maintains the YouTube channel of the British Youth IT College.
Basically, whatever I did as a mother for my boys academic development, I compiled it formally as a syllabus and started teaching other kids.
This is how we started providing kids’ computer coding classes covering various programming languages. Computers are the future, and everything is technology nowadays. We are already depending a lot on the technology, web apps, mobile apps and software’s day by day. Kids absolutely love developing their logical programming skills through our courses.
In addition, we run English Language Classes, which mainly focus on Reading Comprehension, Grammar and Spellings. We teach a comprehensive syllabus within these core areas, covering everything from Recognising Sounds to Creative Writing.
Dhruv continuously helps me in the kid’s classes and gives me a lot of ideas from the kids point of view, the name Supermaths is also chosen by him.
This noble cause of sharing knowledge motivates me and Dhruv to keep working together, has it is rewarding seeing the children developing all-round academic excellence.
We have two centers in Glasgow – Glasgow west and Glasgow south – and one centre in Edinburgh at the time of writing this introduction. After being contacted by schools, we are delivering our courses with them too.