Malawi to participate at Africa’s first ever Spelling Competition

Three Malawian school going children are expected to fly the Malawi flag higher at the first ever African Spelling Bee competition slated for July 2016.

The Junior Spellers from Lilongwe

The Junior Spellers from Lilongwe

Nine Spelling Bee Organizations across Africa have joined hands in organizing the event scheduled to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Spelling Bee organizations have ran national competitions impacting over 5 million young people.

Co-founder and Coordinator of African Bee Lewis Mbaula told Nyasa Times that only three finalists from each country’s national competition will represent their respective countries.

Mbaula said Malawi’s representatives at the African  Spelling Bee will be identified at the national spell master spelling bee competition to be held on 22nd May, 2016 in the Commercial City of Blantyre.

He said 32 children from all the three regions are expected to battle it out.

Mbaula  further revealed that students that will make it to the Continental show piece will have a chance to visit historical sites such as former South African President Nelson Mandela’s home in Soweto, Apartheid Museum and the cradle of Human Kind World Heritage Site under the hostage of Spell It-South Africa a week before the grand finale.

Meanwhile, Mbaula have called upon companies and organizations to take advantage of the continental event to advertise their products or services by becoming partners to the game.

“The African Spelling Bee is an opportunity for Malawian companies and Organizations to become premier partners to this game changing event and be part of the multinational sponsors that have been lined up” said Mbaula.

Champion for the competition shall get a grand prize of a fully paid Undergraduate Scholarship Programme from Monash University in South Africa worth $20,000.

All the participating students will also go away with cash and other prizes.

According to Mbaula, the major objective of the Spelling Bee is to improve the reading culture, build confidence and improve public speaking as well as giving children educational exposure.

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