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The mental calculation competition organised in Douala on December 16, at Dewey International School of Applied Sciences, DISAS, brought together pupils and students from various schools that have incorporated the Mental Development Programme in their teaching and learning curriculum.
To showcase what the pupils have been able to learn within a few months of the introduction of the programme, they participated in mental exercises, often tough, challenging and expected to be done within a shorter time limit. The pupils and students showcased their level of mastery in solving the mathematical problems and, at the end, the tougher and more efficient ones bagged home distinction prizes.
Speaking to the press after the competition, the Technical Head of UCMAS Cameroon, Manasseh Adjin-Tettey, said UCMAS has been in existence for two decades after it was created in Malaysia, and is used in over 70 countries worldwide.
“What the UCMAS programme is all about is to develop the whole brain of the child, the left and the right brain alike. Our normal academic system often focuses on the left brain that is only responsible for reading, writing, normal logic, words and language. This leaves out the right brain, which is the creative or the imaginative part of the brain.” Manasseh Adjin-Tettey explained that they are more focused on helping the children explore their brain capabilities to their full maximum, in order for them to be able to solve complex issues in society. He explained that their conception is that geniuses are made, and not merely born,as is generally believed and has always been.
Adjin-Tettey explained that the programme is about developing the whole brain of the children, in order to help them make maximum use of their imaginative and creative skills. He said all these can only be realised if both the left and right brain is used.
On how more people could gain from the programme, the Technical Head said people can sign into the programme for it to be taught in their various schools. “We should not think that geniuses are born naturally, geniuses are built. The genius in the children has to be tapped out through the necessary training,” he said.
The Vice Principal of DISAS Douala, Henry Djam Nji, lauded the programme saying, over the years, he hasn’t come across such an incredible programme that increases the reasoning and calculative skills of children.
“It is something that is going to build students in a holistic manner, they are going to be creative thinkers, they don’t think to create things that have been created, but to create things from their imaginative skills. With their thinking, they can create things that have never existed. Even some of us who went to very good schools, can’t reason and think like them” Nji stated.
UCMAS is a multinational corporation revolutionising basic education in more than 70 countries through its UCMAS brain development programme. Among the countries currently running the programme are: USA, France, Canada, UK, Japan, China, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa among others.