11-Year-Old Ghanaian Wins International Arithmetic Competition

Master Kobena Asamoah Amoah an 11-year old class six pupil of Crown Prince Academy in Accra, emerged the winner of the 18th Universal Concept of Mental Arithmetic (UCMAS) Abacus and Mental International Competition held in Malaysia in December 2012.

The international competition is an annual event organised by the UCMAS Education Group, which brought together over 3000 children between five and 14 years from all over the world to compete at different levels.

Master Amoah who, together with other Ghanaian children represented Ghana, won the Intermediate A Category.

Mr Girish Gurbani, Director of UCMAS Ghana Limited, who presented Master Amoah at a a press briefing held in Accra, said master Amoah started the race by winning the competition on UCMAS Mental Arithmetic quiz show on GTV where he emerged as the national champion.

He said all the children did 100 to 200 arithmetic sums within eight minutes to test the speed, confidence, concentration and their photographic memory.

According to Mr. Gurbani the mental Arithmetic is a form of calculation that does not involve the use of Physical gadgets or instruments but is solely done by the human mind using the minds power in performing calculations.

Some of the benefits of the programme are improved photographic memory skills, listening skills, concentration skills, presentation skills, imagination and creativity skills, speed and accuracy and removes Mathematics phobia and all round academic proficiency.

He said for about five years, Ghanaian children had worked hard to make a mark on the international level but were always beaten by children from other countries such as India, United State of America, and Canada.

However, he said Kobena Asamoah Amoah made Ghana proud by emerging as the Winner of the Intermediate A Category.

He said the programme was intended to eradicate the fear of maths from all Ghanaian children and boost their confidence level.

Mr Gurbani said UCMAS started its operations in Ghana in 2007 in all the regions, operating in 100 learning centres and are in partnership with over 50 schools running the UCMAS programme as a school curriculum activity.

He urged schools, parents, relatives and guardians to take advantage of UCMAS programme and enrol their children with UCMAS.

The mother of Kobena Asamoah Amoah, Mrs Anastasia Adoma Kenyah, expressed her gratitude to the managers of UCMAS for impacting positively on her son.

UCMAS Ghana Limited is a professional organisation headed by a team of directors and is dedicated to the cause of offering society a novel path by breaking the method of education through the UCMAS.