AGF Academy Accra August 2013

88 Students from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, South Africa, the UK and the USA. attended our second Summer Academy in Accra August 2013

In August 2013 the African Gifted Foundation held its fourth successful Academy.

All Students at Closing Ceremony
All Students at Closing Ceremony

This was our second summer Academy and it took place in Accra, Ghana, our second visit to the country.  The organisations which supported us and the professional people of Ghana, whom we had used previously in August 2012, made this event a great success.

This year 88 students from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, South Africa, the UK and the USA.attended, an outstanding group from wide range of backgrounds, all of whom are prominent as mathematicians at their respective schools. Professor Anku of the Mathematical Association of Ghana, nominated the Ghanaian students for our selection. Day Waterman College located gifted and talented students in Nigeria on our behalf. We selected our Sierra Leone students through Ecuaid, a UK Charity. GT Bank asked us to consider children from schools they support in Nigeria. Similarly the Jackson Foundation introduced us to a school they support in South Africa.  The rest of the students came from a mixture of schools, from private boarding schools to schools supported by various initiatives, sourced through our country organisers.

This summer’s Academy again took place at the Kofi Annan Centre for Excellence, an Advanced Information Technology Institute (AITI-KACE), in central Accra, Ghana. The Centre is run by Director-General Dorothy K Gordon. The centre provided the Academy with a lecture theatre and an auditorium for our classes and closing ceremony.

AITI Centre, Accra, Ghana

Mathematics in Code Breaking, Space Science and Financial Markets

Tutors from the UK ran a series of courses covering the mathematics of codes and cipher, space science and financial markets.

We had three groups of students, and one group was taught by David Cope from Bletchley Park, the home of the legendary British code breakers, who again ran a captivating course on codes, ciphers and encryption.

Dr Simon Roberts , National Space Academy Project Scientist & Research Fellow at the Nottingham Geospatial Institute, explored space science and exploration, and tested the student’s mathematical skills. The students launched their own rockets, but Dr Roberts beat them again!

Simon Hayley from London University’s Cass Business school gave a fascinating course on Financial markets and trading.

Trips, Presentations and Events

We visited Ghana’s biggest daily print newspaper, and  met the editorial team of both the Daily Graphic, and the Junior Graphic.   The MD of the Group, Mr Kenneth Ashigbey, overspent his allotted time, answering our student’s enthusiastic and penetrating questions.

We visited the Valco aluminium smelting factory, and saw molten aluminium being poured into ingots for onward processing. We were warmly welcomed by the group, and toured the factory with their top engineers.

We rounded off our science education with a visit to the Ghana Planetarium, run by Dr Jacob Ashong, which was a highlight of the week.

Young engineers from Tullow Oil presented to the Academy on their careers in the oil and gas sector across Africa, and answered the student’s questions about careers in the Oil and Gas industries.

Tullow Oil Young Engineers

A powerful chess master-class was hosted by George Arko-Dadzie, President of the Ghana Chess Association, together with 4 colleagues.  There were also quizzes, and motivating presentations from students.

Chess Game for all Students

Closing ceremony

Everyone enjoyed a packed, inspirational week, culminating in a closing ceremony hosted by the AITI Centre and attended by local executives, dignitaries and the media.

Guaranty Trust Bank Ghana’s Vice Chairman, Mr Segun Agbaje, gave an inspirational speech, reviewing their support of the Academy.

Graduation Certificates were handed to each student by our Chairman, Tom Ilube

Graduation Ceremony

The AGF online learning programme is very active now with many AGF members with regular internet access reaching a critical mass. Over 120 students from Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Botswana, South Africa, Sierra Leone, UK and USA have joined the private invitation-only Facebook group and are discussing topics ranging from the latest news from the Mars Space probe, to their futures.

Schools of all shapes and sizes

Our students come from 40 different schools – some City, some rural. We are delighted to meet all our students from the following schools.

All Students at Closing Ceremony

Ghana

Abavana Junior High School
Adenta CommunityJHS
Archbishop Porter Girls’ SHS
E.P.C. Mawuko Senior HIgh School
Ghana Secondary Technical School, Takoradi
HO Kabore Junior High School
Jezreel Montesorri School
Leonardo Junior School
Morning Star
New Atuabo Community Basic School
Ola Senior High School
Ridge Church School
TI Ahmadiyya SH
Universal School
University of Ghana Basic Schools

Nigeria

Abeokuta Girl’s Grammar School
Alaba Lawson Royal College
Day Waterman College
Federal Government Girl’s College, Ogun
Mercyland International College
Ofada Community Comprehensive High School
Sacred Heart Catholic College
Trinity International College
Ansar-ud-deen College, Isolo
Igbobi College
King’s College, Lagos
Methodist Girls’ High School

USA

Boston College High School
Glen Burnie High Shool

Sierra Leone

Ecuaid

South Africa

Durban Girl’s College
Elkanah House
Vula Project, Hilton College

Cameroon

Baptist High School, Mankon
Cameroon College of Arts, Science & tech
Islamic High School Kumbo
MBatu Mamenda

UK

Hammersmith Academy

Kenya

Starehe Girl’s Centre

Gambia

Sbec International