The 2018 Universal Concept of Mental Arithmetic System (UCMAS) winner, Ms Aseyenedi Esi Tamakloe, has presented her ultimate prize to the Deputy Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum.
The 12-year old from Ancilla International School demonstrated her creative thinking, memory power and logical reasoning abilities at the competition held in Malaysia to emerge the ultimate winner.
Thirty-Eight pupils from various schools in the country who participated in the global competition also received various awards for their achievements.
Others in the first placement were David Commey, Racheal Larye, Ishmael Nortey of Alpha Beta School and Malik of Al Rayan International School.
The UCMAS concept is a brain development programme. It is studied in over 300 schools through 50 learning centres for children below 15 years. About 40 schools across the world participated in this year’s competition.
The Chief Executive Officer for UCMAS Ghana, Mr Roger Ohemeng, said the programme, which was its 23rd edition, was organised globally to unearth talent in countries that had proven they could achieve greater heights.
He said UCMAS Ghana had partnered the Ghana Education Service to extend the programme to every child in the country and that UCMAS Ghana was committed to improving mathematics and science to benefit Ghanaian children.
Mr Ohemeng appealed to the government and stakeholders to support the programme, since they could not be left out when it comes to supporting education in the country.
“A scholarship will be given to the grand winner of this year’s competition and that would be presented to the school,” he said.
Dr Adutwum urged schools to introduce UCMAS to help students understand the basic concepts of mathematics and science and he also congratulated the winners for making Ghana proud.
BY BERNARD BENGHAN