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By Guardian Nigeria
21 April 2022   |   2:53 am
UCMAS Education Nigeria Limited, in conjunction with Cowrywise and Indomie has rewarded school children who participated in its National TV show, with cash and investment worth over N10m.

The three winners with other participants at the event

UCMAS Education Nigeria Limited, in conjunction with Cowrywise and Indomie has rewarded school children who participated in its National TV show, with cash and investment worth over N10m.

For the competition tagged ‘Brain Power Challenge’, 2700 participants auditioned for opportunity to be among the finalists and at the end, 27 pupils made it into the final where 3 winners emerged.

Speaking at the press briefing and award ceremony in Lagos, the Country Director, UCMAS Edu. Nigeria, Stephen Amoako Ofori, said the platform has trained about 5 million children across the globe and gained presence in about 86 countries.
According to him, UCMAS is a brain development programme that help children to advance their brain capacity and use mental arithmetic to grow their knowledge.

The winner, Ahmed Qoreeba Atinukemi (middle) flanked by the Senior Special Assistant to Lagos State Governor on Education, Adetola Salau (fourth left); Cowrywise representatives, UCMAS staff, her parents and family members

“Most of the parents have experienced this programme abroad. So when they saw that it has berthed in Nigeria, they quickly jumped on board. For the past seven years that we have been operating in the country, we have seen an outstanding jump in the number of enrollment. Currently, we have over 5, 000 students we are working with and parents are still buying into the programme,” he said.

Ofori commended the partners Cowrywise and Indomie , saying they have been very supportive of the dream to push the brand forward.

Winner of the UCMAS national TV show, Ahmed Qoreeba Atinukemi(middle), flanked by first runner up, Vaishavi Jha (right) and second runner up, Oluwateni Ayomi Adewolu (left) at the award ceremony in Lagos

Commenting on the awards, the country manager said by giving it to the children, it would play a significant role in building their confidence and guiding their approach to their studies.

At the event, the Senior Special Assistant to the Lagos State Governor on Education, Adetola Salau, backed enrollment of children into the programme hailing its numerous benefits as evidence of its crucial role in their academic growth.

She said mental arithmetic is something parents should encourage their children to be proficient at.

“By visualising, a child can do all arithmetic calculations up to 10 digits and master the skill of doing it mentally without relying on modern devices such as calculators, gadgets and computers. The constant practice through the concepts introduced, stimulates brain cells resulting in developing the growth of the brain. When the brain is forced to work, it results in the activation of millions of brain cells thereby resulting in growth of memory and ions that may cause the brain to work faster and make the child active thus rendering the brain very powerful.

“According to Albert Einstein, a famous scientist and thinker; ‘When both the right and left hemispheres of our brain are combined and used effectively together, the results could be astonishing’.

“However, there is more to this because when children are learning mental arithmetic, they are actually also undergoing the process of developing other aspects of the brain. In the UCMAS programme, when children have acquired an astonishing calculation speed, the end result is the development of the following mental abilities: concentration, observation, visualization and imagination, and retentive memory.

“The UCMAS programme provides a well – rounded education to develop children’s concentration, creative thinking, memory power, logical reasoning abilities and to boost children’s confidence to face challenges.

“Other benefits include enhanced photographic and memory skills, great listening skills, enhanced concentration, excellent presentation skills, good imagination and creativity, speed and accuracy, fantastic arithmetic skills and all-round academic proficiency,” she said.

Salau noted that the benefits of the UCMAS brain development programme is endless but in summary, the listening, concentration and mental calculation skills when developed very well enables pupils to excel in other subjects.

The special guest of honour, urged all directors or proprietors of basic schools both public and private, to embrace the programme to enable children, who are the future leaders, to reach their full potential.

On why the company supported the programme, Cowrywise is a FinTech company, founded by Razaq Ahmed and Edward Popoola, said educational outcomes are one of the major areas usually influenced by a parent’s financial decisions.

According to them, the impact of financial decisions on a child’s academic achievement are significant, affecting a child’s school enrolment, attendance and ultimately, performance.

“This is why Cowrywise partnered with Universal Concept Of Mental Arithmetic System (UCMAS), a brand that aims to develop children’s mental capacity and help them discover the genius within, by investing in an education fund for participants of the recently concluded UCMAS contest.

“The winners of the UCMAS contest will have up to N500,000 invested individually for them in locked plans on Cowrywise, growing steadily at up to 8.5 per cent interest rates per annum. This serves as capital that the parents and guardians can consistently keep investing in for their respective children. With this, the students can be assured of a trust fund secured for their future educational plans,” the firm said.

The champion of the UCMAS national competition, Ahmed Qoreeba Atinukemi received N500, 000, while the first runner up, Vaishnavi Jha got N300, 000 and the second runner up, Oluwateni Ayomi Adewolu was awarded N200, 000. The 9 semi finalists received N100,000 each, while 17 children got an educational investment of N50,000 each courtesy of sponsors Indomie and Cowrywise.