Academy rewards 800 gifted pupils in southwest
The International Academy for the Gifted (IAGifted) has honoured over 800 primary and secondary school pupils in the southwest for their excellent performance in the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) and the Kangarou Sans Frontiers (KSF) in the past year.
Gold, silver, bronze medals and certificates of achievement, distinction were presented to the pupils depending on their performances, at an event held at the Ambassadors School, Ota, recently.
Schools which produced top three pupils, who scored a total of 66 were also presented with certificates of merit.National coordinator of the Academy, Mr Oyebola Fabowale, said the awardees, ranging from primary school pupils aged seven to teenagers in senior secondary school, had recorded scores that put them in good standing internationally.
It means that they achieved 50 per cent and above in the competition, which, is taken by children of similar ages in over 100 countries of the world and are therefore gifted. “These ones have competed favourably with their peers and brought the glory not only to their schools but to Nigeria,” he said.
Consultant for IAGifted, Prof Adewale Solarin, said by encouraging young children to participate in the competition, Nigeria was gradually grooming pupils who could win medals in the international mathematics Olympiads.“AMC is the process they follow to be able to win medals in International Maths Olympiads. We achieved the goals we set. All the Nigerians getting medals in the Olympiads participated in the AMC.
By 2015 we included the KSF which started right from primary one because we realised that waiting till they get to secondary school may not be too advantageous. The genesis of participating in AMC 8 was when I found that children from Asia aged seven were getting 24 out of 25.
“This year, we have two Nigerian children trained here who scored 24/25,” said the professor of algebra. Solarin, the former Director-General of the National Mathematics Centre (NMC), also specially acknowledged a pupil of Ambassadors College, Faith Oluwatamilore Odunsi, a medalist, who had also won two medals in the Pan African Mathematics Olympiad (PAMO)
“A gifted child is not necessarily the brilliant one. A gifted child should be able to go extra mile; you want to see traces of something unique, in the sense that they bring out a kind of innovation; something that tends to be unbelievable as it were perhaps in the area of engineering, sciences, even in the arts. So what you do or what stakeholders should crave to have now is making sure you expose them to many challenges,” he said.
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