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* The Oware Society holds its first national schools' competition on May 23 in the ancient African board game of Oware to find the outstanding mentally skilled junior and senior students of the year. The winning teams will receive a trophy, the Oware Club Silver Bowl. Venue: Mulinu Express, Bread and Roses pub, 68 Clapham Manor Street, London SW4. Fee per team: pound;56; pound;36 members. Glenda Trew, The Oware Society, 41 Elverson Road, London SE8 4JW, tel: 0181 265 9905.

FREE FOR ALL * The Royal National Institute for the Blind Maths pack, for children aged five to eight with serious sight problems, provides an introduction to geometry and fractions and helps them make the transition from pre-number cognitive skills to numbers. Funded by Boots the Chemist, it contains kits for sorting into shape, size, texture, sequence and weight with step-by-step instructions for teachers and parents. It is available from RNIB customer services, tel: 0345 023153.

* The Numeracy Framework goes into schools later this month. See TES Primary magazine on March 19 for full details.

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