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Biography: Bishop Dr. Peter Osei Akoto

Biography

Bishop Dr Peter Osei Akoto was born in Ashanti Mampong to the Late Chief of Dome in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, Nana Osei Akoto and Mad. Adwoa Badu. He is married to Rev. Mrs. Anna Osei Akoto and blessed with six children, three boys and three girls.
He is the Director of Education Integrity Ordination Council and Integrity Ministerial Network, C.E. O of Mezzo House Ltd, The Director of Gold Avenue School, member of the board of directors for Homebase Television station, the former Director of Highbury International School and a Board Member for Inspired Champions School of Ministry, Finland.
He received an honorary Doctorate Degree from the Christian University of South Carolina, Columbia U.S.A. in the year 2016.

Bishop Dr. Peter Osei Akoto had his secondary Education at Amaniampong Secondary school. He continued to Wesley College where he completed his Post-Secondary Teacher Training Course. He later furthered his teaching course at University of Education Winneba and taught Mathematics in Juaben SHS, St. Monica’s SHS, Santa Maria Basic and St. Martin De Porres Basic School.

Bishop Dr. Peter Osei Akoto got born again in August 1977 and has since served in many leadership roles in Scripture Union (schools, colleges and towns), Churches and the general Christian community. As a zealous Christian he partnered with two other friends and founded “All Out for Christ Evangelistic Ministry” (AOFCEM) in 1984-A ministry that was committed to rural evangelism. For a period of over ten (10) years, he was one of the key persons in Bethlehem (Belem)- Rev. Francis Amoako’s Ministry which later became Resurrection Power and Living Bread Ministry.

He finished his Degree Programme in Theology at Christian Leadership University in USA. He is a former Bible College Lecturer in ISOM-Ghana. He has been a mentor for many Christian leaders both in Ghana and Abroad. He has established some churches single handedly.

Due to his desire and passion for mathematics he became the initiator and the founder of the Mezzo Maths Program which is helping Africans to overcome the fear of mathematics and is aired on Ghanaian Television stations helping children to do fast mental calculations.
He is now the Resident Pastor of International Charismatic Church, Anyaa.

mezzomaths July 9, 2019 No Comments

Mezzomaths quiz competition launched

Mezzomaths quiz competition launched

Mezzo House Limited, a mathematical organization, has officially launched its flagship mathematics competition for school children in Accra Thursday.

The launch coupled with the grand finale of this year’s edition of the competition was under the theme ‘mathematics, fuel for national development.’

Deputy Minister for Education Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum led the founder of Mezzo Math, Bishop Osei Akoto, former UTAG and MAG President Prof. Samuel Asiedu-Addo and other dignitaries to officially launch the competition.

The Deputy Minister said “the NPP government as part of our manifesto has committed ourselves to making Ghana a mathematics friendly nation. Mezzo Maths is leading the way and you are an organization we will partner with because you are taking the fear out of the minds of our students.”

He urged organizers of the competition to include public schools, saying “I’ve realized that invariably, under this circumstance we going to see more private schools participating. Our public schools should be part of it, and I welcome partnership with us as a ministry so that we can give an invaluable tool to use in our public schools.”

He reiterated that the Ghanaian curricula is being reformed.

He explained “from KG to primary 6, we’ve already done it and we are training teachers so that we can have a different way of teaching and learning, a way that mathematics for example will be fun, and a way to give students a voice in mathematics. It just shouldn’t be what the teacher is saying, and because I’m the teacher and I’ve written it on the board and that’s the answer.”

“No, students should be at the centre of the teaching and learning of mathematics and I believe that is what Mezzo Maths is equipping you to do,” he added.

Mrs Berty Buah, coordinator of the Regional Science, Technology, Mathematics and Innovative Education, speaking on why students fail mathematics, blamed the addiction of students to the internet and social media, saying that it is not always the fault of the teachers.

She consented that parents and guardians also create an impression to their wards, that maths is difficult.

mezzomaths July 4, 2019 No Comments

Crystal Heights Win Mezzomaths Competition

Students from Crystal Heights International School receiving their award from Dr Adutwum

Crystal Heights International School has emerged winners of the Mezzomaths quiz beating three other schools in the fiercely contested competition.

The school made a total of 106 points after four rounds of testing the contestants’ ability to figure out complex Maths questions using the Mezzomaths technique.

They were rewarded with a 42 inch flat screen television and a sum of GH¢ 400 each for the two contestants, a certificate as well as medals.

The second placed school, Roka International also got a 40 inch flat screen television GH ¢300 for the contestants, certificates and medals while the third and fourth placed schools My Redeemer and Myredeve Little College also got flat screen televisions, cash prices, certificates and medals.

Deputy Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, who graced the event, urged the children to be the best at whatever they find themselves doing.

He noted that mathematics education was at the forefront of government’s educational transformation agenda, adding that with the new curriculum for kindergarten to primary education, Ghanaian children would be more exposed to topics in Science, Maths and Technology.

Bishop Dr Osei Akoto, a Senior Research Scientist, who happens to be the pioneer of the Mezzomaths Programme in his speech, said that Mezzomaths was a way of making Mathematics fun by using activity based learning approach and games that bring to bare holistic approach of the teaching and learning process.

He stated that Mezzomaths which started with some private schools in Accra has methods to improve upon the retentive memory, accuracy and speed of a child.

He added that the Mezzomaths Programme helped the child to embrace the beauty of mathematics and the child was enabled to easily provide answers for the section ‘A’ of the Basic Education Certification Examination (BECE).

Dr. Akoto again said that the Mezzomaths Program was looking forward to break the frontier into other African countries in order to get access to the African child and some of these countries include Botswana, Gambia, and Sierra Leone.

Source: Mezzomaths

mezzomaths July 1, 2019 No Comments

Mezzomaths Program Launch and quiz finals hits the airwaves

Mezzomaths Program Launch and quiz finals hits the airwaves

Mezzo House Ltd, organisers of the Mezzomaths program will on the 4th of July, 2019 launch the Mezzomaths program under the theme, “Mathematics, fuel for national development”.

The out-dooring of this program is the first major step to exposing the Mezzomaths program to the whole of Ghana and beyond since its inception in 2012.

The launching of the program will be coupled with the finals of the Mezzomaths inter-schools quiz competition between four schools representing the Ga East, Ga West and Ga Central municipalities.

The program addresses the mathematics challenge we face in Ghana, especially in this time where Ghana is been ranked last in major international mathematics competitions.

Mezzoamaths employs strategic activity based, problem solving & critical thinking approaches to harness the innate mathematical desires in every student.

The launching will take place on the 4th of July, 2019 at the British council auditorium, it will feature speeches from the minister of Education,Minister of Environment, Science and Innovation, Fmr Utag President and VC of Cape coast technical university. The quiz finals will also hold and be hosted by Lawyer Dan Afari (of What do you know fame).

We want to inform the general public that, this is a one of a kind program that has come to stay, and it’s a program that will transform every school going child in this country. It will make them fall in love with mathematics.

The program will be broadcast live on Homebase Tv and Facebook live (OFFICIAL MEZZOMATHS).

By launching Mezzomaths program, we are ready to spread to the rest of the regions in Ghana and further to the whole of Africa and beyond.

We therefore call on the government, municipal and district heads, heads of schools, parents etc. to put their weight behind this home developed program to change the face of mathematics in Ghana.

Mezzomaths, Easy Maths

mezzomaths June 15, 2018 No Comments

Mezzomaths Concept Addressing Ghana’s Mathematics Challenges

Mezzomaths Concept Addressing Ghana’s Mathematics Challenges

When many people hear the subject of mathematics in Africa, the only word associated with it is difficulty- and with this many engender the fear mathematics as a subject in spite of various attempts and strategies to show that it is deliberative, problem solving and easy.

The burden of having to memorise the techniques, keeping the square roots, developing personal strategies to work fast enough with the Brackets, Order, Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction (BODMAS) and other concepts may be easy or difficult. But this depends on the teacher handling the child and the approach being employed.

Arguably the role of the instructor and the manner of teaching the concept to the student is what actually makes mathematics or any other course either seemingly difficult or easy to comprehend.

Mezzomaths Concept

It is upon this understanding that the Mezzo House Limited (MHL), a professional organisation managed by a group of Ghanaian Mathematical Professionals, developed the Mezzomaths programme to facilitate and ensure the easy teaching and learning of the subject.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Reverend Dr Peter Osei Akoto, the Director of MHL, said solving problems in Mathematics has almost become a “monster” scaring both children and adults especially in Africa.

He said the failure of many high school students to excel in mathematics could be attributed to their poor foundation and this is a gap Mezzomath concept seeks to close.

Reverend Dr Osei Akoto said “research has revealed that about 75 percent of children lose interest in solving Mathematical problems before they get to age 14.

This is a critical period, he said, as other research have highlighted the fact that by age 14, the child would have developed about 75 per cent of their brain’s capacity. And the fear of Mathematics follows the child through to adulthood, thinking that the subject is the most difficult subject on earth.

Many instructors or teachers themselves grew up with no solution to this problem,” he conceded adding that the paramount concern, in this regard, is the need to look for a solution to clear this fear which indeed, has affected both the learner and the instructor.
The Mezzomaths concept has the objective of building a solid foundation in Mathematics, improving mental numerical speed and accuracy and enhancing students’ problem solving skills.

“By 2023 teaching and learning of Mathematics would become fun and interesting for all school-going children and adults who will have the opportunity to go through the Mezzomaths programme,” the Founder said.

Mezzo in Ghana

He said the Mezzomaths concept was currently running in some private schools in Ghana and in basic schools of The Gambia as part of a government project where teachers are undergoing a training on the programme.

Unlike in The Gambia, where currently, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has given permission for basic schoolteachers to be trained with the Mezzomaths concept on three levels throughout the country, in Ghana, the programme is currently being implemented by some private schools located within and around Accra.

These schools include Gold Avenue School, Christ the King International School, Mary Star of the Sea Preparatory School, Shiloh Community School, High Moral Academy and Blessed Royal School.

Others include Kindacare School, Tuskegee International School, Prima Academy, Roka International School and Crystal Heights International School.

There is a consensus amongst mathematics instructors on the usefulness of the Mezzomaths concept and what is now needed is for the educational authorities to involve themselves and ensure its implementation in all public schools.

According to Maths instructors acquainted with the concept, benefits to be accrued by students include the improvement problem solving skills, providing in-depth conceptual understanding of the concepts of mathematics and fast tracking these concepts to meet desired expectations.

The Mezzomaths programme also presents a concept of thinking in pictures that could help the student perform better not only in mathematics but in all other subjects as asserted by Reverend Dr Osei Akoto saying the child’s memory of numbers, names, colours and many more would be greatly enhanced.

He said “the constant practice of calculating sums dictated by the course instructor helps to acquire speed and accuracy in calculation and sharpens the listening skills of the student. The teaching method in Mezzomath sharpens the attentiveness of students and helps them concentrate better.

The ancient art of mental math is primarily about arrangementand appearance and constant practice improves the presentation skills of the student and at a specific stage in this learning process, the students work with an imaginary calculator making their brain very resourceful,” Reverend Dr Osei Akoto said.

He said the concept was all about speed and accuracy through constant practice adding that “the speed and accuracy of the student is improved not just in arithmetic but in the overall performance of the student”.

If this programme is being implemented in only Accra and its environs and yielding positive results to the students in the private schools then it is high time we extend it to students in public and rural schools.

Source: GNA/Newsghana.com.gh

mezzomaths February 14, 2018 No Comments

Mezzomaths Concept Addressing Ghana’s Mathematics Challenges

Mezzomaths Concept Addressing Ghana’s Mathematics Challenges.

Mezzomaths – When many people hear the subject of mathematics in Africa, the only word associated with it is difficulty- and with this many engender the fear mathematics as a subject in spite of various attempts and strategies to show that it is deliberative, problem solving and easy.

The burden of having to memorise the techniques, keeping the square roots, developing personal strategies to work fast enough with the Brackets, Order, Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction (BODMAS) and other concepts may be easy or difficult. But this depends on the teacher handling the child and the approach being employed.

Arguably the role of the instructor and the manner of teaching the concept to the student is what actually makes mathematics or any other course either seemingly difficult or easy to comprehend.

Mezzomaths Concept

It is upon this understanding that the Mezzo House Limited (MHL), a professional organisation managed by a group of Ghanaian Mathematical Professionals, developed the Mezzomaths programme to facilitate and ensure the easy teaching and learning of the subject.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Reverend Dr Peter Osei Akoto, the Director of MHL, said solving problems in Mathematics has almost become a “monster” scaring both children and adults especially in Africa.

He said the failure of many high school students to excel in mathematics could be attributed to their poor foundation and this is a gap Mezzomaths concept seeks to close.

 

Reverend Dr Osei Akoto said “research has revealed that about 75 percent of children lose interest in solving Mathematical problems before they get to age 14.

This is a critical period, he said, as other research have highlighted the fact that by age 14, the child would have developed about 75 per cent of their brain’s capacity. And the fear of Mathematics follows the child through to adulthood, thinking that the subject is the most difficult subject on earth.

Many instructors or teachers themselves grew up with no solution to this problem,” he conceded adding that the paramount concern, in this regard, is the need to look for a solution to clear this fear which indeed, has affected both the learner and the instructor.
The Mezzomaths concept has the objective of building a solid foundation in Mathematics, improving mental numerical speed and accuracy and enhancing students’ problem solving skills.

“By 2023 teaching and learning of Mathematics would become fun and interesting for all school-going children and adults who will have the opportunity to go through the Mezzomaths programme,” the Founder said.

Mezzo in Ghana

He said the Mezzomaths concept was currently running in some private schools in Ghana and in basic schools of The Gambia as part of a government project where teachers are undergoing a training on the programme.

 

Unlike in The Gambia, where currently, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has given permission for basic schoolteachers to be trained with the Mezzomaths concept on three levels throughout the country, in Ghana, the programme is currently being implemented by some private schools located within and around Accra.

These schools include Gold Avenue School, Christ the King International School, Mary Star of the Sea Preparatory School, Shiloh Community School, High Moral Academy and Blessed Royal School.

Others include Kindacare School, Tuskegee International School, Prima Academy, Roka International School and Crystal Heights International School.

There is a consensus amongst mathematics instructors on the usefulness of the Mezzomaths concept and what is now needed is for the educational authorities to involve themselves and ensure its implementation in all public schools.

According to maths instructors acquainted with the concept, benefits to be accrued by students include the improvement problem solving skills, providing in-depth conceptual understanding of the concepts of mathematics and fast tracking these concepts to meet desired expectations.

The Mezzomaths programme also presents a concept of thinking in pictures that could help the studentperform better not only in mathematics but in all other subjects as asserted by Reverend Dr Osei Akoto saying the child’s memory of numbers, names, colours and many more would be greatly enhanced.

 

He said “the constant practice of calculating sums dictated by the course instructor helps to acquire speed and accuracy in calculation and sharpens the listening skills of the student. The teaching method in Mezzomath sharpens the attentiveness of students and helps them concentrate better.

The ancient art of mental math is primarily about arrangementand appearance and constant practice improves the presentation skills of the student and at a specific stage in this learning process, the students work with an imaginary calculator making their brain very resourceful,” Reverend Dr Osei Akoto said.

He said the concept was all about speed and accuracy through constant practice adding that “the speed and accuracy of the student is improved not just in arithmetic but in the overall performance of the student”.

If this programme is being implemented in only Accra and its environs and yielding positive results to the students in the private schools then it is high time we extend it to students in public and rural schools.

mezzomaths November 19, 2014 No Comments

Gambia: 3000 Teachers to Be Trained On Mezzomaths

The director of Science and Technology at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education Adama Jimba Jobe has disclosed that over 3000 teachers would be trained on Mezzomaths across the country.

He added that the training started in Ghana and because of the good nature of the training, the Gambia signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Ghana and The Gambia to promote the teaching of Maths in the country.

mezzomaths November 17, 2014 No Comments

MoBSE targets 3000 teachers for Mezzo Mathematics training

The Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) will today begin the training of 3000 teachers in collaboration with the Mathematics Teachers Association of The Gambia on Mezzo Maths techniques of teaching mathematics in Lower Basic schools in the country.

One hundred and twenty teachers were recruited for the task last week following the general training conducted for 350 teachers in August in Banjul with facilitators from the Mezzo Maths Limited in Ghana.

The introductory training was followed by the launching of Mezzo Maths as a mathematics teaching strategy in The Gambia by the Minister of Basic and Secondary Education.

Addressing the step down trainers on behalf of the permanent secretary on Friday at the Gambia High School assembly hall, Adama Jimba Jobe, director of Maths and Science at MoBSE, said the mathematics teaching strategy was copied from Ghana to help school children in the maths subject.

He said 3000 teachers are targeted for the training course, adding that Mezzo Maths is a strategy the ministry is trying to adopt to help in salvaging the problems they are having in mathematics in the education system, particularly at the lower level.

After the training session, it is hoped that the strategy would become a household name and a catalyst to improve the performance of students in maths, he said.

Rev Peter Akoto, Mezzo Maths initiator and director, informed the meeting that Mezzo Maths has been tried and tested in Ghana, in partnership with the Mathematics Association of Ghana, with a lot of success.

According to him, the strategy was approved by the Ghana education service and that many schools are on board.

Rev Peter stated that Mezzo Maths focuses on research-based simplified techniques in solving mathematical problems faster than the traditional methods with the slogan, “Mezzo Maths – Easy Maths!”

The chairman of the Mathematics Teachers Association of The Gambia, Saidou Jallow, described the exercise as a positive challenge for the teachers and the Gambian education system.

Among the challenges, he said, the teachers had to leave their normal classroom duties for the weeks of training, with the objective of finding a way out for their children who are struggling every day to understand and master mathematics.

Author: Ebrima Bah, Rural Correspondent

Source: Picture: Mezzo maths orientation