bout 800 Elementary and High School pupils in the South-West have been honoured by the International Academy for the Gifted (IAGifted) for their outstanding and excellent performances in the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) and the Kangarou Sans Frontiers (KSF) in the past year.
They were recently presented with medals at an event held in their honour at the Ambassadors School, Ota, Ogun state.
According to Mr. Oyebola Fabowale, National Coordinator of the Academy, the awardees recorded scores that put them in good position internationally.
“This 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.
“These ones have completed favourably with their peers and brought glory, not only to their schools but to Nigeria,” he stated.
Fabowale said aside from coordinating the AMC and the KSF in Nigeria, the academy also organises training for teachers to update their knowledge and methods to help pupils do better in Mathematics.
On his violation, Prof. Adewale Solarin, consultant for IAGifted and a Professor of Algebra, said by encouraging children to participate in the competition, Nigeria was gradually grooming pupils who could win medals in international Mathematics Olynpiads.
“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 basic one because we realised that waiting till they got to high school was not advantageous,” Solarin stated.
He acknowledged a pupil of the Ambassadors Colleg, Oluwatamilore Odunsi, who won two medals in the Pan African Mathematics Olympiad.