By Destiny Eseaga
A total of 24 students emerged winners in their respective categories at the maiden UCMAS competition organised by Universal Concept of Mental Arithmetic System (UCMAS) Nigeria, a professional educational organisation, which took place at St. Leo Catholic Private School, Ikeja, Lagos, recently.
The lucky students went home with trophies, medals, certificates and cash prizes for answering with speed and accuracy, 150 mental arithmetic questions within eight minutes. About 100 students from 15 schools in Lagos participated.
UCMAS is a unique methodology of stimulating and challenging the brain neurones of children, it develops both the right and left hemispheres of the brain thereby enhancing their concentration, imagination, logical reasoning, mental arithmetic skills, speed and accuracy, photographic memory, listening skills, comprehension, creativity, visualization and memorization skills. It also helps to reduce gadget dependency in children with ripple effects of all round academic proficiency, confidence, international exposure and certification. After going through the UCMAS program, a child needs no gadget to do mental arithmetic from single and double digits of about 10 rows to 100 rows involving all operations.
The Country Manager of UCMAS Nigeria, Mr. Emmanuel Alade, called on all schools and parents not to lose hope in their children but to enroll them on the UCMAS Whole Brain Development program in order to help discover the genius within them. He said: “When both the right and left hemispheres of the brain are developed, the genius within a child is discovered.” He called on corporate Nigeria and philanthropists to partner and support the cause of UCMAS Nigeria and also sponsor students from Nigeria for the annual UCMAS International competitions.