Kwamina Tandoh, GNA
Accra, Aug 26, GNA – Thirty students are to
represent Ghana in the 21st International Universal Concept Mental Arithmetic
System (UCMAS) Competition, scheduled for November 11 in Dubai.
The students are expected to leave Ghana on
November 9 and arrive on November 10 for an intensive training before the
The international competition is an annual
event, organised by UCMAS Education Group, which brings together more than
3,000 children between the ages of five and 14, to compete at different levels.
Speaking at a media conference in Accra, Mr
Girish Gurbani, the Director of UCMAS Ghana Limited, said Ghanaian students
over the years had had an outstanding performance in the competition to win
trophies, grand prizes and first positions.
Mr Gurbani said all the children would do
150 to 200 arithmetic sums within eight minutes, to test the speed, confidence,
concentration and their photographic memory.
He explained that mental arithmetic was a
form of calculation that did not involve the use of physical instruments, but
it was solely done by the using the mind’s power in performing calculations.
Mr Gurbani said some of the benefits of the
programme include improved photographic memory, listening, concentration,
presentation, imagination and creativity skills, speed and accuracy.
It also removes the Mathematics phobia and
provides an all-round academic proficiency.
The Director explained that UCMAS was an
educational group, which engaged in the holistic training of the right brain of
He said UCMAS Ghana Limited started its
operations in the country in 2007 in all the regions, operating in 52 learning
centres across the country.
It works in partnership with more than 300
schools running the UCMAS programme as a school curriculum activity.
Mr Gurbani said the students would return to
Ghana on November 16.