Five schools shine at Bonanza Mental Challenge

BY: Benjamin Glover
Pupils practising with the Bonanza Card Game during a training session
Pupils practising with the Bonanza Card Game during a training session

The second edition of the Bonanza School Challenge dubbed Bonanza Mental Challenge 2017 has been held for public schools in the Tema Metropolis.

The Project Coordinator of the Bonanza Mental Challenge 2017, Ms Awurakua Anyaniwa Antwi, explained that the Bonanza Card Game is a simple arithmetic game that probes the mental abilities of players in basic mathematics, as well as logical reasoning and swift cognitive skills.

She said the players used the cards given them to achieve the highest or lowest whole number depending on the game mode. 

The formation of the highest whole number is labelled as ‘SUNRISE’ and the formation of the lowest whole number is labelled as ‘SUNSET’. 

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The schools that emerged winners in their respective classes were presented with certificates, school bags, exercise books, pens, erasers, pencils and Daffodils game products.

Teachers and coaches of the competing schools were also presented with a gift voucher of GH¢100.

The competition, organised by Daffodils Games and Publishing Limited, was designed as a piece of entertainment to promote the learning of Mathematics among students using the Bonanza Card Game. It was sponsored by Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST).

Competing schools which made it to the final after the preliminary rounds were Holy Child R/C Basic School (Classes Four and Six), Sakumono School Complex 1 Primary (Class Five), Baatsona TMA JHS B (JHS One), Old Lashibi TMA JHS (JHS Two), and Redemption Valley 1 Primary (Class Four).

The rest were Naylor SDA Primary (Class Five), Star Primary (Class Six), Community 8 No. 4 JHS (JHS One),  Community 8 No. 1 JHS (JHS Two), Community 4 No. 2 Primary (Class Four), Salvation Army Basic School (Class Five and JHS Two),  Mexico Primary (Class Six), and Twedaase JHS (JHS One)

The schools which came out tops after five rounds of the competition were Community 4 Number 2 Primary School, (Class Four), Salvation Army Basic School, (Class Five), Holy Child R/C Basic, ( Class Six), Baatsona TMA JHS, ( JHS One) and Community 8 Number 1 JHS, ( JHS Two).

In his welcome address, a Director of Daffodils Games and Publishing Limited, Mr Francis Darkwa, said the Bonanza School Challenge Initiative was designed to promote the love for Mathematics among students through play. 

The Tema Metropolitan Education Directorate Coordinator for Science and Mathematics, Madam Beatrice Ofori-Adu, urged the students to disabuse their minds of the erroneous notion that Mathematics was a difficult, boring and irrelevant subject.