Accra, July 19, GNA – Miss Aileen Okine, a 14-year old pupil of Crown Prince Academy, has emerged winner of the Seventh Edition of the Universal Concept Mental Arithmetic System (UCMAS) competition held in Accra.
Miss Okine won the Elementary A and Below Listening Calculation category and received GH₵150 as her prize, whilst Master Precious Nkyefo Karikari, an eight-year old pupil of Bethel School Complex at Techiman received GH₵100.00 for the second prize, and Master Kofi Agyei, eleven years, from the Mount Olivet School in Kumasi; got GH₵50.00 for the third prize.
The competition, on the theme: “UCMAS, A Legacy For our Future Leaders in a Peaceful Nation,” involved children between ages four and 14 years and it is held annually for schools and centres across the country which run the UCMAS Programme.
The 938 participants from 41 schools were made to answer 150 questions within eight minutes, using the ‘UC Tool – Abacus’.
The UCMAS programme is an initiative of UCMAS Ghana Limited, an academic support facility, which goes alongside the curriculum of registered schools allowing children to do all arithmetic calculations mentally without relying on calculators and computers.
Mr Girish Gurbani, the Director of UCMAS Ghana Ltd, said the programme gradually ensured total brain development, eradicated mathematics phobia from all Ghanaian children, boosted their confidence level, enhanced their listening skills, and strengthened their creativity and imagination to promote high educational standards.
The benefits of the programme, he said, were improved photographic memory skills, improved listening skills, concentration, imaginative skills, outstanding creativity, speed and accuracy, fantastic Arithmetic skills and all round academic proficiency.
“We are confident that these students are on the pedestal of achieving enviable academic laurels and we have no doubt that many more students from Ghana will win awards during the annual UCMAS International Competition in Dubai this year,” Mr Gurbani said.
The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, in a speech read on her behalf, said children needed a conducive environment for total development.
“It is our responsibility as adults and responsible citizens to provide the convenient atmosphere for these children to develop to their full potential and this will ensure that they grow to become responsible adults.
“Every child should have time to play and be creative and UCMAS plays a major role in this regard. All these numerous benefits of the UCMAS programme can be sustained in a peaceful environment,” she said.
Nana Oye Lithur urged all directors and proprietors of basic schools and parents to embrace these important programmes to enable the children to develop to the best of their abilities.
Winners from other categories were also presented with cash, trophies, certificates and products from the manufacturer of Indomie Noodles.
UCMAS is a global education group established in 1993 by Professor Dr Din Wong and currently in about 54 countries. It started operations in Ghana in 2007.