AGF Academy Accra August 2012

20 Students from Ghana and Nigeria attended our first Summer Academy in Accra August 2012

In August 2012 the African Gifted Foundation held its third successful Academy.

This was our first summer Academy and it took place in Accra, Ghana, our first visit to the country.  The organisations which supported us and the professional people of Ghana, made this event a great success, so we can confidently plan to return to Ghana next summer to run a much larger Academy.

This year 20 students from Ghana and Nigeria attended, an outstanding group from a range of backgrounds, all of whom are prominent as mathematicians at their respective schools.  Professor Anku of the Mathematical Association of Ghana,www.mathned.org nominated the Ghanaian students for our selection.  Day Waterman College located gifted and talented students from a range of schools in Nigeria.
The Academy took place at the Kofi Annan Centre for Excellence, an Advanced Information Technology Institute (AITI-KACE), in central Accra, Ghana www.aiti-kace.com.gh.  The AITI centre is run by its eminent Director General, Dorothy K Gordon, an excellent host, who provided introductions to local contacts, as well as a lecture theatre, computing facilities, and a grand auditorium for our closing ceremony.

Aiti Centre, Accra Ghana

Mathematics in Code Breaking and Space Science

Tutors from the UK ran a series of courses covering the mathematics of codes and ciphers and space science.

David Cope from Bletchley Park, the home of the legendary British code breakers once again delivered a captivating course on codes, ciphers and encryption,  the students particularly enjoyed breaking codes, and even set codes for David himself to puzzle over.

Dr Simon Roberts from University of Nottingham and the UK’s National Space Academy http://nationalspaceacademy.org explored space and put the students’ rocket making skills to the test (he lost this time!).

Dr Simon Roberts, University of Nottingham, UK's Space Academy
Dr Simon Roberts

Tom Ilube, Chairman of AGF, encouraged the students to both raise their goals and broaden their ambitions beyond the norm, to use their gifts to make changes, to explore all aspects of the world, particularly the African continent.

Trips, Presentations and Events

A visit to the Valco aluminium smelting factory gave the students a chance to see a large-scale industrial complex at work and the sight of molten aluminium being poured into ingots was awe-inspiring.

Volta Aluminium Smelting
Volta Aluminium Smelting

One of the highlights of the week was a series of presentations by young engineers from Tullow Oil. They presented on the oil and gas sector across Africa and talked candidly about their own educational journey, careers and challenges as African engineers building successful careers in a major Company on the continent.

Tullow Oil Engineers
Tullow Oil Engineers

Archie Matheson from Czarnikow Group, one of the world’s largest commodity trading groups based in the City of London shared his insights into being a graduate trainee and the global commodities industry.  Archie also hosted a quiz night at which the winning team ran a close neck and neck with the most senior team!

As well as a chess masterclass, hosted by George Arko-Dadzie, President of the Ghana Chess Association, there were quizzes, and touching presentations from students including a number of prizes awarded to students who stood out during the week.

Mr George Arko-Dadzie President of the Ghana Maths Assocation
Mr George Arko-Dadzie President of the Ghana Maths Assocation

Closing ceremony

Everyone enjoyed an inspirational, intense five days, culminating in a closing ceremony hosted by the AITI Centre and attended by local executives, dignitaries and the media.

A motivating speech was given by Dorothy Gordon, the Director General of the AITI Centre.  Elizabeth Bentil, Events and Brands co-ordinator from Tullow Oil reviewed their ongoing sponsorship of the Academy and donated corporate gifts to everyone.  GT Bank also kindly provided corporate gifts, which the students greatly appreciated.

Closing Ceremony
Closing Ceremony

Certificates were handed to each student by Professor Anku’s Meagasa Maths Academy deputy leader in Accra.

Online Networking

Following the Academy, all the student have joined our invitation only, online facebook group where they have met participants of our first two Academies (Kampala 2011 and Kampala 2012). We now have alumni of 95 students from Nigeria, Ghana, Botswana, Uganda, Kenya, Zanzibar and South Africa.

On-Line Networking
On-Line Networking

Schools of all shapes and sizes

Our students come from 24 different schools – some City, some rural. We were delighted to meet all our students from the following schools.

Ghana

Ghana Secondary Tec. School, Takoradi
Western Ghana Secondary. Tec, School
Abavana Junior High
Volta Rivers Authority School, Akuse
Wesley Girls High School
Mana Mission Academy
St Bernadette SoubJH
SOS Hermann Gmeiner Int College
Sakumono Complex
EPC Mawuko Senior High School
Armed Forces Education Service
Ashanti OpokuWare School
Gt. Accra North Legion Sch. Com
Volta Mawuli E.P. JHS Ho
Bediako Memorial Institute

Nigeria

Ghana Secondary Tec. School, Takoradi
Western Ghana Secondary. Tec, School
Abavana Junior High
Students with Chairman Dr Tom Ilube
Students with Chairman Dr Tom Ilube